Norway to deport 400 Ethiopians with cash aid

African refugees who crossed into Israel illegally are detained by the Israeli army north of Nitzana. Norwegian Government has reached an agreement with Ethiopian authorities to deport at least 400 immigrants with cash assistance. FILE|AFRICA REVIEW 

Norwegian Government has reached an agreement with Ethiopian authorities to deport at least 400 immigrants with cash assistance.

Norwegian deputy minister of Justice Pal Lonseth told the Africa Review that Oslo and Addis had agreed to repatriate illegal immigrants with a total of

$7,000 (40,000 Kroner) cash aid each, to establish a better life at home.

According to Oslo officials, migrants will receive $2,500 (15,000 Kroner) each during departure and the rest after arrival at home.

The repatriation scheme is voluntary until March 15, 2012, but Norwegian security forces will employ mandatory deportation after the deadline.

Ethiopians will be the first to benefit from repatriation scheme, which is expected to be extended to other African migrants living in Norway illegally. 

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