The police has received tips that individuals are traveling to Denmark to retrieve unregistered asylum seekers they can bring home to live with them. Several families now house Syrians or others, without them being registered with the police, the Norwegian police warns.
Illegal aid to refugees can have serious consequences, writes the police in a press release from Haugaland and Sunnhordland police.
- This is severe violation of the Immigration Act. In addition, we received information that individuals are traveling to Denmark to retrieve refugees and driving them to their homes. This falls under the paragraph on human smuggling. This is probably done in good faith but it can have serious consequences, says Margaret Haavik Sveen, who is superintendent of the Immigration Unit in the police district, to NRK.
Under the Immigration Act §108, persons who help a foreigner to illegally enter the country, or to illegally stay in the country is punishable by fine or imprisonment up to three years.
It is important that there is an acceptable initial registration of all asylum seekers as early as possible, she says.
UDI (Immigration) is responsible for accommodation for asylum seekers, says Sveen.
The number of asylum seekers arriving in Norway has risen significantly since the summer. It has previously been assumed that there would be approximately 11,000 asylum seekers to the country in 2015.
In an updated forecast for the current year it is expected to increase to 30,000 asylum seekers.
- The situation in Europe is complex and it is therefore possible that we get lots of arrivals, higher than the current numbers show. In addition, one must remember that these people have not received any health or psyche tests.
And unregistered refugees means the authorities have no idea who they are, and could thus mean "Welcome ISIS, feel right at home".
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