The Norwegian Government and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug, continue to make Norway a less attractive place to seek asylum. Now a short deadline for family reunification is proposed, from one year to three months - and the cost of the application has skyrocketed.
From January 1, the price went up to NOK 8,000 to submit an application, up from 5,900, reports VG.
Last year the government suggested that there should be requirements of income for refugees, whenever they seek family reunification - whether it is within a year or not. But it did not get a majority in Parliament.
The Parliament instead requested that the Government come back with a new proposal for a deadline. Other parties pointed out that the deadline for applying for family reunification could be set to three months.
And only seven little months later, the Government proposes just that: That the limit shall be three months - online.
The new online deadline has apparently created a panic among helpers, who now fear an invasion of illiterate Muslim men who need help turning on a computer.
- Now it clearly becomes more difficult for refugees to apply for family reunification. They'll get a shorter deadline to figure out the system and submit an application online, which we are experiencing a very large influx of people who need help with, said Georg Schjerven in Self Help for Immigrants and Refugees (SEIF) to VG.
If a refugee is granted residence permit in Norway today, the family has a year to apply for family reunification without imposing an requirement of income. If the family does not seek reunification within a year, there is an income requirement of the person who has been granted residence in Norway at just over NOK 305,000. This is now reduced to NOK 250,000, but due to the new deadline, after three months, the income requirement now applies.
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