Norway Plans Emergency in Case of Sweden’s Collapse

By Faye Higbee

Norway Plans Emergency in Case of Sweden’s Collapse

If Sweden’s asylum system should collapse, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has proposed that they abandon the UN’s Refugee Convention, seal their borders, and block anyone from seeking asylum in the country unless they come directly from a conflict nation. And that’s tough to do for refugees, since Norway is at the top of Europe, and most refugees come either through Sweden or Russia to get there.

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

“Imminent Danger”

The situation is so dire in Sweden, that Norway is proposing emergency measures. The Norwegian Parliament is expected to meet the proposal with  “broad support,” as they have other tightening of Norway’s restrictions.

“It is a force majeure proposal which we will have in the event that it all breaks down, that the flow (of refugees) just comes, and they all end up in Norway, because we are at the top of Europe. Norway is the end point, is not it.”  Prime Minister Erna Solberg

The Schengen Agreement

The Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985 by five nations, and created a borderless area in Europe for free movement between the countries. After the five nations signed it, other nations participated in it.

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 The blue indicates participating states, the yellow indicates those who were obliged to join. Green are non-EU member states participating.

The Norwegian proposal would completely negate the Schengen agreement. It would also negate any participation in the UN’s Refugee Convention.

Opposition

Critics are complaining that “you can’t do that.” But Norway has had enough of asylum seekers and may do it anyway. The Norwegian Lawyers association says it it is a clear violation of Norway’s international “obligations.”

Other nations are watching Norway closely to see if it will actually be beneficial in case of emergency. Denmark says they will be watching them “closely” and may adopt a similar plan in the future should it become necessary.

“When we make such a proposal, we know that it is quite a big break with how things have been, but we must have some measures that are preparing for the worst case scenarios.” Erna Solberg