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Refugees face poor conditions | Norwegian News in English — www.newsinenglish.no

The number of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Norway during the Easter holidays has declined, police have been able to catch up with refugee registration and reduce long wait times. Many refugees still face poor living conditions at the asylum centers set up in a hurry, some children are hungry and mothers weep.

The abandoned apartment building in Tøyen, Oslo, was emptied by a welfare customer six years ago. Currently vacant dilapidated buildings were traditionally poor, but could be used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees in areas that are now undergoing long-deferred redevelopment. Photo: NewsInEnglish.no/MortenMøst

Norwegian Immigration Department UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) After the Russian invasion in late February, it was simply not ready for the thousands of women and children fleeing Ukraine. Many could move with relatives already in Norway, but the majority had to go through the National Refugee Arrivals Center on the Road near Fredrikstad. It quickly filled up beyond capacity and involved a long registration process, but is now eventually shortened. In March, more than 4,000 people were on the long waiting list.

Since then, many refugees have faced poor living conditions with moody conditions. About 200 refugees were sent to the former Hvalsmoen military base near Honefoss. Dagsavisen He reported dirty kitchens and living quarters, signs of mice and mold, and even lack of food and supplies. A woman also showed a state-run NRK reporter a cardboard box containing a glass of bread, raw potatoes, two onions, milk, and a few eggs. It was supposed to feed her and her family for three days.

“Shameful”
Yet others were sent to shabby barracks in the industrial area, and in some cases houses were once used by construction workers. The children were left to play in the dusty parking lot next to the railroad tracks. “This is shameful,” said Rashid Nawaz, a politician in a local city and the Labor Party. Dagsavisen.. Local officials have blamed UDI, which ironically blamed refugee housing for private companies called “heroes.” can.

Some refugees were at least temporarily detained in a local hotel that was hijacked for the purpose of covering the roof. They were later transferred to makeshift refugee camps set up across the country by various standards. Local humanitarian organizations and individuals are also increasing refugee support in the form of food, clothing, toys, treats and basic personal hygiene products for children. Many will be offered through UDI and its subcontractors.

‘sorry’
After first advocating for the standard at the refugee center, hero director Vidar Torheim apologized for the failure. “Our service is too poor and I’m sorry,” Toheim told the newspaper. VG.. “The condition of our reception center must not be dirty or unhealthy. We must provide acceptable living conditions. We are working on it and organizing things. To do.”

UDI also acknowledges that there is a “hole” in the service to nearly 14,000 Ukrainians currently in Norway. Borghild Fløtre, who is responsible for the acceptance and return of refugees at UDI, said everyone has the right to a package of clothing and personal care products, the necessary medicines and a clean and secure home. “If it’s not provided, it’s important to report the issue so that we can follow up,” Fløtre said at a press conference. UDI pays refugee care providers approximately SEK 650 (US $ 75) per refugee per day, neither of which is satisfactory.

Meanwhile, in Oslo, city officials are scrambling. It houses about 2,000 Ukrainian refugees assigned to the capital so far. They plan to use the now vacant city-owned real estate, such as the former nursing home in the city’s Grundellocca district and Toen’s apartment, which once housed welfare customers.

Labor Party Lina Marian Hansen, who is in charge of social welfare and integration, said the city will spend 300 million kroner to improve old buildings and prepare to accept refugees. But there are questions about how it can be done fast enough to accommodate the people arriving now. This situation also raised the question of how the Labor-led government of Oslo has allowed the city’s assets to be vacant and degraded over the years. In the case of Tøyen’s property, welfare residents were banished controversial shortly after the Labor Party came to power in Oslo in 2015. Since then, the building has been vacant.

Some refugees were much more fortunate, Arriving early, housing is provided in almost idyllic towns across the country. Norwegians from the outskirts of Bergen in the west to Statel on the south coast of Oslo set up villas through their own rentals, small apartments in their homes and even local governments for use as residences for Ukrainian refugees. Those who are providing. Many Ukrainian children are already in local schools, their mothers are offered jobs and nearly 4,000 are receiving medical care.

“We lived and worked in Kyiv as usual until the final day before the war began, but we didn’t really believe this would happen,” said a woman who now lives in Stater. Dagsavisen.. “That big Russia will invade small Ukraine … weren’t they already big enough?” She said they had a good life, but now they need to start over in Norway. Said.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

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