Norway’s Health Minister said on Thursday that he does not consider refugees from Syria to be mentally ill, a move that could have implications for the country’s treatment of the millions of people who have fled to Norway in the past three years.
The government also announced that it would close the countrys borders to refugees.
The move has caused consternation among some refugees, many of whom fled war in Syria, who have expressed their concerns that the decision to close the borders could put them at risk of deportation.
The announcement comes amid reports that the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRK) is planning to set up a special committee to deal with the situation.
The Norwegian Refugee Board (NRB) was set up to assist people who want to leave their countries of origin.
But this week, NRK chief executive Torbjørn Bjørn Hjortoft told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation that the government was considering closing Norway’s borders to all refugees.
In a statement, the NRK said: The NRK board has already begun a process of looking into this, which is now likely to be finalised in the coming weeks.
“There are also several other issues that we have to address.
We need to have proper screening procedures for refugees in Norway.
These are the ones that we should consider first, and the ones we should close.”
Refugees are now allowed to enter Norway for a limited time if they have proof of a valid asylum application.
The NRB had previously reported that Norway had deported at least 1,000 people from Syria and Iraq in the space of a month.
However, it is unclear if that number includes refugees who had entered Norway illegally.
Norwegian authorities are not yet aware of the full extent of the number of people whose claims are being processed, or of the nature of any other asylum cases that have been reported.
Norway has admitted more than 100,000 refugees since it opened its borders to the country in 2013.
This includes more than 500,000 from Syria, according to the NRB.
In March, Norway agreed to resettle almost 7,000 Syrian refugees.
This year, the country is expected to admit just over half of its asylum applicants.
Norway’s government said on Wednesday that it was “ready to welcome asylum seekers with open arms”.