Warns that children can be dumped abroad during the summer holidays

HOLIDAYS WITH BISMAK: For most people, summer holidays are sun and heat. For some children, the summer holidays are also the time to be left behind in their parents’ home country. Here from a beach in Turkey. Photo: Ingeborg Huse Amundsen / VG

Tonje Brenna (Ap) asks the municipalities to be aware of children and young people who may be involuntarily left abroad during the summer holidays.

Monday 13 May at 13:18

– No child should be afraid of being sent abroad against their will or being left involuntarily when the holiday is over. It is unacceptable, says Labor and Inclusion Minister Tonje Brenna (Ap).

The government has sent letters to all the country’s municipalities and asked them to make sure that all children return home to where they are going after the summer holidays.

The preparedness letter has also been sent to Norway’s county councils and state administrators and gives advice on the rights of vulnerable people and what help services are available.

– It is important that adults who work with vulnerable children and young people know what to look for and who to contact if they fear someone is at risk of being subjected to involuntary residence outside Norway, says Brenna.

CONCERNED: Minister for Employment and Inclusion Tonje Brenna (Ap) is concerned that children and young people may be involuntarily left abroad during the summer holidays and asks municipalities to be extra attentive. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Increased risk

An involuntary stay abroad can involve a risk of forced marriage, honor-related violence and genital mutilation, according to the Directorate of Integration and Diversity (Imdi).

Also read: New report: Polygamy keeps 1,400 children outside Norway

The information in the letter is to be passed on, among other things, to teachers, health nurses and employees in the municipalities and the police, who meet the young people every day.

– We must prevent, prevent and crack down on negative social control, not least when it comes to children and young people, says Brenna.

LEFT AWAY: An involuntary stay abroad can involve a risk of forced marriage, honour-related violence and genital mutilation, according to Imdi. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Assessing the regulations

– At the same time, a great responsibility rests on people who choose to leave children and young people behind in a country they themselves may have fled from, says the Minister of Labour.

In June, the government receives a report from the Legislative Committee on negative social control.

The report will form part of the assessment of the regulations in cases concerning negative social control and honour-related violence and will look at whether legal protection in such cases is good enough in Norway today.

The article is in Norwegian


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