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    Oslo Scares Off Millions of Migrants by Portraying Norwegians As Racists

    The Norwegian government claims to have reached millions of potential asylum seekers with its international awareness campaign. Depicting the local population as xenophobes was one of the tools used.

    According to the Norwegian Justice Ministry's own figures, pages with targeted messages and documentary films persuading potential refugees to stay at home have attracted 11.5 million visitors with the footage being viewed 21 million times. The government-funded campaign still rolls on in English, French, Tigrinya, Dari and Pashto, the Norwegian daily Klassekampen reported.

    According to Jan Paul Brekke, a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research, this is the first time the government is communicating directly with potential asylum seekers via social media. The documentary used in the campaign featured dramatic images from the route in Europe used by human smugglers, while a voiceover narrates that many have lost or ended up being exploited on the road. The main message is that if you seek asylum in Norway with the sole goal of becoming better off financially, you are unlikely to obtain a residence permit.

    At the height of the migrant crisis, the Norwegian government started an international campaign aimed at stopping the influx by discouraging potential asylum seekers from perilous journeys to Northern Europe at the risk of being deported.

    Additionally, unambiguous comic strips were disseminated in Somalia with the same message. In the comic strip, Hassan applies for asylum in Norway, but gets subjected to everyday racism, exploited at the labor market, refused healthcare and freezes in the severe Norwegian winter. In the end, he returns to Somalia. The 95-page booklet in Somali was printed in 2014 and 2015 with 48,000 copies distributed among students in eight Somali cities.

    The cartoons about Hassan's hardships were studied by sociologist Stine Sandnes in her master's thesis. Sandnes revealed that the plot of the comic was designed by Somali staff at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Nairobi, Kenya. Subsequently, it was sent to a painter in Somalia who provided the illustrations. In addition to the cartoons and posters, documentary films and talk shows were aired on Somali TV to the tune of 4 million NOK ($500,000). Although the Norwegian authorities neither provided any ideological guidance, nor formally approved of the final result, Sandnes argued that it was obvious that the aim of the campaign was to discourage Somalis from seeking asylum in Norway.

    I believe it's a scare campaign started because they don't want Somalis in Norway," Sandnes told Klassekampen, stressing the fact that the campaign was started simultaneously with yet another toughening of immigration laws.

    Bishop Emeritus Tor Jørgensen reacted strongly to the fact that the campaign was government-funded.

    "This was unpleasant to read. It is pure scaremongering. It appears that Norway is not interested in receiving refugees," Tor Jørgensen said. According to him, it's worthwhile to spread the message that Norway does not give out residence permits to economic migrants, while its commitment to protect refugees must be somehow stressed.

    Somalia is one of the countries the Norwegian authorities are having trouble returning people to due to a lack of a return agreement with the African nation.

    Earlier this week, EU immigration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos urged Norway to take in more migrants from Africa under the bloc's migrant redistribution scheme. In his letter to Norwegian Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug, he asked Norway to be "as ambitious as possible" in its asylum policy. The demand came after the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) requested the EU to help redistribute 40,000 migrants from Africa, the Norwegian daily Dagbladet reported.

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    Will they do it in Pakistan, too ?

    A Somali, who came to Norway a few years before
    the Fall of the Berlin Wall for asylum, gaining Norwegian citizenship,
    now is Prime Minister in Somalia :
    Hassan Ali Khaire, who is a Norwegian citizen, has been appointed Prime Minister of Somalia.

    Khaire (49) was Thursday appointed by the new Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. The new prime minister has dual Norwegian and Somali citizenship.

    Previously Khaire has been regional director for the Norwegian Refugees Committee (NRC) for the Horn of Africa. He has also been one of the Executives of Soma Oil & Gas.

    Khaire was born in Somalia and came as a refugee to Vestre Slidre, Valdres as a 21-year-old according to VG. Later he studied in Oslo. In 2006 he received the job as Regional Director for NRC.

    President Mohamed won the elections in Somalia earlier this month and was sworn in Wednesday. As is the case for Khaire, he has experience from abroad, and has both American and Somali citizenship.

    The Norwegian embassy rings alarm, because
    second wife's children of Pakistanis have right
    for Norwegian passport:
    Several Norwegian men of Pakistani origin have a wife in Norway and a clandestine wife in Pakistan, according to the Norwegian embassy in Islamabad.
    The children of the wife in Pakistan are entitled to Norwegian passports and citizenship, the Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan writes in a memorandum that NRK has been granted access to.

    Polygyny is legal under Islamic law in Pakistan as opposed to in Norway.

    The memorandum, composed by five employees at the Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad, says nothing about the scope, but the Embassy calls for clearer rules.

    They report that problems arise when the children of the Norwegian Pakistani male with wife number two (or more) in Pakistan are assigned a Norwegian social security number. Wife number two is most often ignorant of the fact that she must stay behind in Pakistan if the children gets a stay in Norway.

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    That just shows you that a tough attitude and reputation helps you to keep trouble away.

    What are the tools? Videos?

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