Geldof slams Norway refugee ‘nonsense’

Musician and political activist Bob Geldof has laid into Norway for taking too few refugees from Syria, calling it a 'nonsense' that one of the world's richest countries was doing so little.

Geldof slams Norway refugee 'nonsense'
Bob Geldof (middle) during the Protest Festival in Kristiansand, where Geldof will get Erik Byes Memorial Prize. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

“You have an area larger than the UK, and you take 8,000 refugees. It is 0.0016 percent of the population. You can do more guys! I have been in Norway for the whole summer. I think I know you,” Geldof told Norway's state broadcaster NRK.

Geldof was in Norway to collect the Erik Bye memorial prize at the Protest Festival in Kristiansand, which is awarded to an individual who has worked to change society.  

Geldof is the man behind Band Aid, the great Live Aid concert, and twenty years later, the Live 8 concerts.

Recently, Geldof has begun berating European governments for their weak response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
In an interview with Irish Radio 1 RTÉ, he offered to take in four families fleeing the war.
“I'm prepared – I'm lucky, I've a place in Kent and a flat in London – me and [partner] Jeanne would be prepared to take three families immediately in our place in Kent and a family in our flat in London, immediately, and put them up until such time as they can get going and get a purchase on their future.”

“If there's a new economy there needs to be a new politics. There isn't and it's that failure of new politics that has led to this f***ing disgrace … this absolute sickening disgrace”.

He is appalled that Norway, one of the richest countries in the world, isn't doing more. 

“You must understand that you have been given the gold card in life,” he told NRK. “We need to work together to stop doing this nonsense.”