Two thirds of Norwegians oppose their country taking in more
asylum seekers, a poll has found. The results represent a near reversal
of public opinion on the issue in just five months. The Norwegian
government is already working to dissuade economic migrants from heading
to Norway to claim asylum.
In a poll conducted by IPSOS MMI and published on Saturday, 42 per
cent of respondents said that they want to see Norway accepting fewer
refugees, and 25 per cent said the current number should be the maximum,
leaving the 28 per cent who want to see more refugees offered a home in
Norway in the minority, The Local has reported.
The results are almost a mirror image of those in a June poll, which
found 42 per cent wanted Norway to take in more refugees, against 31 per
cent who thought there were already too many.
The country’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has told Dagbladet that she agrees with her countrymen in wanting to see migration into Norway reduced.
“It is important that we try to limit the number of groundless asylum
applications. It is in the best interests of Norwegian society, the
ability to successfully integrate and for those people who have a
genuine need for protection,” she said.
Last Thursday, Norway’s Parliament approved asylum reforms designed
to restrict the flow of migrants into the country. The measures include a
reduction in benefits for asylum seekers by 20 per cent (bringing
Norway in line with its neighbours), restricting access to permanent
residency, and making it harder for migrants to bring family members
into the country.
It also promised to speed up the processing of asylum applications, and where applicable, expulsion of failed applicants.
The government has been making use of a number of different media
channels to deter would be migrants from making for Norway, focusing
particularly on those entering the country via Arctic routes across
In early November, as Breitbart London reported,
a Facebook campaign called “Stricter Asylum regulations in Norway” was
launched with the aim of spreading awareness among the migrant
population of Norway’s new, stricter asylum laws.