Norwegians ‘hope’ Norway will be able to manage the migrant crisis
Norway has been hit by a wave of migrant deaths and asylum seekers since its border fence was erected in March, and now the government is facing a growing backlash over its handling of the crisis.
In an interview with the Norwegian paper Aftenposten, Interior Minister Ine Eriksen Rasmussen said he hoped Norway could deal with the crisis by allowing more asylum seekers to enter the country.
“I am happy to say that I am optimistic that there is a way forward,” he said.
“We have been very lucky.
The Norwegian government said it was working with international organisations to provide more assistance to countries affected by the migrant flow.”
There is also an improvement in our border management and that is the biggest positive for us,” he added.
The Norwegian government said it was working with international organisations to provide more assistance to countries affected by the migrant flow.
In the past few weeks, Norway has welcomed an additional 400 asylum seekers, bringing the total number of arrivals to 2,200 people.
In total, about 1,400 migrants are believed to have died since the border fence began construction in March.
Since then, more than 2,500 migrants have died on the Norwegian island of Lesbos.
More than 300,000 migrants have sought asylum in Europe since the beginning of the year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
About 1.5 million asylum seekers have sought refuge in Norway since January.
The country has seen the most asylum applications in the EU and second highest in the world, with more than 1,000 people arriving in the country each day.More: