Daily Archives: March 21, 2012
Minister of International Development Erik Solheim refutes claims Norway’s new refugee return deal with Ethiopia is linked to foreign aid amongst concerns it is being misspent
. Erik Solheim Photo: Tore Berntsen/Norwegian government
Whilst other countries, including Sweden, have recently reduced the amount they give to the country on grounds of human rights violations, Norway has agreed to increase its aid by an annual figure of up to 350 million kroner.
In Monday’s article on The Foreigner, it was reported the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers’ Ann-Magrit Austenå said, “I do not think it is a coincidence that the return agreement with Ethiopia has come into effect at the same time we see an increase in the flow of aid.”
Erik Solheim told Klassekampen today, “There is absolutely no connection, as I see it.” Read the rest of this entry
March 21, 2012