solidarity A spokeswoman for the ministry clarified that the people her country would welcome “had a high probability of meeting the criteria for obtaining refugee status”
Passengers from the "Ocean Viking". — AFP
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that his country was to welcome twenty migrants rescued by the ship “Ocean Viking” after his landing in France, Italy having refused him access to its ports.
The “Ocean Viking”, a chartered rescue vessel by a French NGO, picked up 234 migrants at sea off the Libyan coast, then waited for weeks to be able to find a port willing to see them disembark.
After having asked for a long time to Italy to be able to dock in one of its ports, the ship disembarked; to Toulon (southern France) in early November, as part of a decision that the French government described as “ exceptional”.
123 migrants were refused entry to France
Around forty minors were placed with the French social services and 189 adults were taken to a detention center to assess the validity of the of their asylum application, said an official from the French Ministry of the Interior on Friday.
Among the adults, 123 did not provide sufficient evidence to support their asylum claims and were refused entry to France, added. the same source. A further 66 adults will be transferred to eleven EU countries, including Germany, Finland and Portugal. Norway, although not part of the EU, indicated on Saturday that she would receive twenty.
“The government took this extraordinary decision in response to a request received from France to help him in a difficult situation,” a spokesperson for the ministry at; AFP in an email. She clarified; that the people his country was going to host “had a high probability of meet the criteria for obtaining refugee status.