• publish: 17 December 2015
  • time: 10:25 am
  • category: International
  • No: 2658

Norway creates new ministry to address influx of migrants

Norway has created a new immigration and integration ministry in response to a large influx of asylum seekers and migrants.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says the numbers of immigrants had put “too much pressure” on Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, whose portfolio has been split with the creation of the new ministry.

Sylvi Listhaug of the right-wing Progress Party — the junior partner in the governing, right-leaning coalition — on Wednesday became the new minister for immigration and integration.

Norway has received more than 30,000 asylum seekers in 2015, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea.

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