Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated a report about the latest scandal surrounding the asylum-seeker industry in Norway. He includes this introductory note:
This article concerns the staggering number of asylum seekers without proper identification documents that are granted political asylum in Norway. In the period between 2010 and 2012, nearly 27,000 individuals without ‘secure’ IDs were allowed to settle in Norway, the majority of those hailing from Somalia.
I wonder how many of these so-called ‘asylum seekers’ (illegal immigrants) are criminals, terrorists, etc.?
The most famous case of inconclusive identity was brought to the public’s attention only a month ago when a Labour Politician, Khalid Haji Ahmed was exposed as a fake asylum seeker. He is from Djibouti, but in his asylum application he claimed to be from Somalia because he had been told by people smugglers that it was easier to get political asylum for Somalis.
He has been living in Norway for more than ten years, obtained a Norwegian passport and brought family members from Djibouti over to Norway on family reunification visas!
The translated article from today’s edition of VG:
27,000 asylum seekers whose identities are in doubt have been allowed to stay in Norway
Several thousand individuals have managed to obtain residency in Norway in recent years, despite the fact that Norwegian authorities haven’t seen proper documentation that confirm their true identities.
From 2010 to 2012, 12,167 asylum seekers with “probable” identity were granted political asylum, writes Aftenposten. In the same period 12,626 arrived on family reunification visas and 1,189 received work permits with a so-called “probable “identity.
The identity of 94.1 per cent of all asylum seekers who were allowed to stay in Norway in 2012 could not be conclusively verified. Somalis make up the largest group of those with uncertain identities.
The main reason why so many arrive without proper identification documents is that many asylum seekers hail from countries where it is almost impossible to obtain proper identification documents. The majority have neither travel documents nor ID documents when they apply to stay in Norway.
In addition to all the asylum seekers are those who are here illegally and of whom the Norwegian authorities are unaware.
The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) points out that Norway is required through the Refugee Convention to give political asylum even in those cases where the identity of the applicant hasn’t been properly established.
“The most common reason for allowing people with unsecure IDs to stay is that we have sufficient information to determine that the person is in need of protection, despite their not being able to accurately confirmed their identity. In most cases we’re able to determine the country of origin. Once we have established that the asylum seeker is in need of protection, we have no authority to reject the claim,” says Stephan Mo, the department manager of the UDI.
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