Head of the party Rødt (ignorant far left) in Nordland, Ingeborg Steinholt, says receiving Syrians is good regional policy. Her own county lacks 10,000 inhabitants.
- In Nordland we have decided that we need 10,000 new residents to maintain the welfare we have today. We have also been clear on that most have to be immigrants. We can not get enough Norwegians to move here.
To Rødt's top in Northern Norway's southernmost county, Norwegian refugee policy and regional policy are connected. The handling of refugees from Syria she calls "a paradox".
She lives in a region where industrial downsizing and depopulation threatens in the background:
- Municipal Merger, as the government wants, will have dramatic consequences for many municipalities in northern Norway. Ultimately it will affect the settlement, which would be devastating for fisheries, agriculture and industry, says Steinholt to the Norwegian newspaper Vårt Land.
Obviously both internet, radio, TV, and newspapers are already missing in the county, or she can't figure out how to operate Google or news sites.
One only has to look to neighboring country Sweden to obtain input on how receiving lots of Syrian refugees will impact counties, where bombs, shootings, rapes and violence are daily events now.
Besides, Syrians are Arabs, and they are definitively not used to the climate in Northern Norway, something Swedes were told:
"We are Arabs, we can't live like this"
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