Desperate times call for desperate measures, and trying to bribe asylum seekers to return home certainly qualifies as desperate.
The U.K. Independent explained that Norway has begun to offer refugees thousands of dollars to convince them to voluntarily go back home.
The problem is that an incentive for refugees to return home already exists. Katinka Hartmann, head of the immigration department’s return unit, explained that the asylum process takes months or even years to undergo, and many of the refugees have family members at home impatiently waiting for assistance.
“They thought they would have the opportunity to work or take an education — and maybe even to get their family to Norway,” she told NRK television. “Many cannot wait (for the asylum process to run its course). They have family at home who expect them to be able to help.”
Why then does the Norwegian government feel obligated to waste taxpayer money to send these refugees home, when they already have plenty of other reasons to go back?
Even asylum seekers who have had their applications rejected but still remain in the country doing pretty much nothing are reportedly eligible for this handout.