Norway Targets Muslims for Deportation, Crime Rate Drops-Fiction!
Norway Targets Muslims for Deportation, Crime Rate Drops – Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Norway’s crime rate dropped 31% after Muslims with radical ties were deported from the country.
Christian countries are now deporting violent Muslims.
It’s not true that Norway has specifically targeted Muslim extremists for deportation.
Between 1995 and 2011, Norway’s immigrant population tripled so that 600,000 of the country’s 5 million citizens were immigrants or descendants of immigrants. That has led to a debate about integration, immigration policy, multiculturalism and national identity in the country, according to a Migration Policy Institute report.
Since 2011, Norway has taken steps to reform certain aspects of its immigration laws, but the reforms were not specifically directed at Muslim immigrants.
That claim appears to have first surfaced on the Political Ears website in November of 2014. The website reports that Prime Minister Erna Solberg launched a program that targets and deports Muslims with ties to radical groups:
“While many in America would say this is racist, it’s worked in dramatic fashion. Violent crimes are down more than 31% in Norway.
“What a shocker.
“Perhaps the rest of Europe and the United States could learn a lesson or two about radical Islam here. Deport the radicals, keep the moderates, and everybody wins.”
The eRumor incorrectly frames Norway’s immigration laws as a direct response to “radical Islam.”
One of the main objectives of Norway’s immigration reforms has been to deport foreign citizens who are serving prison time there. The country has a limited number of prisons, and 30% of its prisoners were foreign citizens at one time. Most were from Poland, Lithuania, Nigeria, Iraq and Romania, the U.S. Library of Congress reports.
The country has also cracked down on the number of new immigrants allowed into the country by denying more requests for asylum. Neither of those initiatives specifically targets Muslims, however.
And it’s true that 824 unwanted individuals were deported from Norway in October of 2014, but it’s not true that all of them had ties to Muslim extremist groups, as the eRumor claims. In truth, less than one-third of Norway’s immigrants have come from predominately Muslim countries. As for the immigrants that have been deported, the Norway Post reports:
“The Ministry of Justice has decided that 7,100 individuals are to be deported by the end of 2014. At the end of October the number of deportations was already at 5,867.
“Many of the people who have been deported have been convicted of crime, or are individuals who have already been ordered to leave, but have returned to Norway illegally.”
It should be noted that a terrorist attack on July 22, 2011, is often referenced in conversations about Norway’s national identity. A self-described right-wing Christian extremist named Andres Behring Breivik killed 77 people, including 69 young people at a Labor Party youth camp, CNN reports.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Oslo, Norway: “The world’s largest gang of thugs, murderers, and rapists is masquerading as a religion of peace,” says Adrian Stavig, a resident of Oslo.
Beginning this past January, the new Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg began a program which targets and deports Muslims who have ties to radical groups.
While many in America would say this is racist, it’s worked in dramatic fashion. Violent crimes are down more than 31% in Norway.
What a shocker.
Perhaps the rest of Europe and the United States could learn a lesson or two about radical Islam here. Deport the radicals, keep the moderates, and everybody wins.
From Oslo local news:
A record number of people were deported by Norwegian authorities in October, said government sources.
The National Police Immigration Service Norway (Politiets Utlendingsenhet – PU) deported 824 people in October, which is a new record.
The previous record was set in September, the month prior, when 763 people were deported, reported Dagsavisen.
PU believe some of the reasons for the rise in figures are more resources, more staff and a change of “portfolio priorities”. It has also become easier for Norwegian authorities to deport people back to Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Kristin Kvigne, head of PU, said to Dagsavisen: “This month helps us reach our goal for this year.”
Norway’s government has ruled that 7,100 people will be deported in 2014. At the end of October, PU had deported 5,876 people so far this year.
A percentage of those deported in 2014 were asylum seekers who had their application for continued asylum rejected. They were then deported along with their families. The majority of deportees, however, had committed crimes, or had returned illegally to Norway after being deported.
Kvigne said it was important to view the high number of deportations made by PU in the context of falling crime rates across the country.
Not everybody in Norway is happy with the increased deportations. One academic slammed the new policies:
“Norwegian women must take responsibility for the fact that Muslim men find their manner of dress provocative. And since these men believe women are responsible for rape, the women must adapt to the multicultural society around them.” – Dr. Unni Wikan, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo
So, Dr Wikan, using your logic, it is the victim’s fault they have been raped? Not in this universe. You sir may have book smarts, but you sure don’t have any common sense.
And there you have it! Kicking out radical Muslims makes a nation safer and peaceable. Women can walk around without fear of being raped, people just get along a lot better.