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Lawyer about the ''asylum campaigns'': What about all the others?

Last year there were not 5934 torchlight parades, signature campaigns or media stories about deported asylum seekers. But 5934 was the exact number of people deported from Norway.
From the left: Nathan Eshete, Maria Amelie and Faizullah Muradi. Screen capture from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corportation (NRK).

Journalists argue for an asylum case in the national media, heated debates rage in social media - and the politicians make an exception.

The Maria Amelie case is an example of a young woman who was surrounded by resourcefull friends during her deportation to Russia in 2011. She was arrested following a lecture at the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, and her friends organized a nationwide campaign which eventually led to a special solution for her return to Norway.

The following year the media got a new pet case to follow. Seven year old Nathan was the image of an unfair and inhumane asylum system. Still, the situation for asylum children who have stayed for a long time in the country illegally is unresolved, but Nathan and his family were granted permission to stay after numerous demonstrations and support actions in Bergen and other Norwegian cities.

Bloods have been boiling during the last week on social networks, among political opposition groups and others who thought deporting Faizullah Muradi was shameful. Yesterday the Ministry of Justice and Public Security turned around and decided that the former Afghan interpreter will have his asylum case retried in Norway - and that the new instruction will apply to all Afghan nationals who worked for the Norwegian forces in their home country.

But what about all the others? asks the lawyer Cecilie Schjatvet from Hestenes og Dramer & co.

In the single cases brought up by the media one problem is solved, but she believes it results in politicians only making rules which applies to a selected number of people.

- Some cases are highlighted by the media and are given lots of attention, while there might be others who are in need of help just as much and who are not having their cases heard in the media and are not given due process of law, says Schjatvet to NRK.

- But there is no room for 5000 asylum cases in the media?

- No, it is not. And it is great that the focus from the media has led to some cases being overturned. But there is a need for a wider debate about other groups in need, says Schjatvet.

Read the full article below in Norwegian.