“With the help of our competent police districts, we have managed to deport a record number of foreigners,” Magne Løvø in Norway’s Police Immigration Service told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “Many of them had been charged for multiple criminal offences, and as we have expelled them, they cannot return to Norway.”
Karin Naess, from the Southern Buskerud Police District, which has doubled the number of criminals deported in recent years, told NRK that the majority of those deported were EU citizens.
“The vast majority of those we have under arrest are with us because of drug crimes, robbery, and burglary. Once we have them in jail, we aim to send them quickly out of the country so that they will commit new offences.”
Last October Norwegian Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, from the anti-immigration Progress Party, said that the government would spend an additional 200m Norwegian kroner ($26m) to further increase the rate at which foreign criminals are expelled.
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“The Government's aim is for foreign criminals and those without legal residence to be deported faster,” he said.