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Norway: Change in Benefits for Those in the Country Illegally

(Mar. 20, 2014) Following a March 14, 2014, cabinet meeting, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion, Robert Eriksson, announced that the type of welfare assistance available to those in the country illegally will change. Now, instead of receiving benefit payments, people will be able to obtain food coupons and a bed for the night in emergency situations. In order to obtain welfare payments, a person will have to show a valid residence permit. (Government Wants to Stop Welfare Payments to Illegal Immigrants, THE NORWAY POST (Mar. 17, 2014).)

Speaking about the issue in January of this year, Eriksson said that the rule should be to give those in the country illegally food and shelter, not monetary assistance. He added that “[t]his will help underline that this aid is not an income, but concrete help in an emergency situation.” (Id.)