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Sat, 09 Jan, 2016 01:00:54 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Jan 9
 
Norway's Minister of EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker (left) and Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner met in Helsinki on Friday, January 8, 2016. Photo Lehtikuva.
The Nordic countries are aiming to enhance cooperation on immigration issues, said the Transport and Communication Minister Anne Berner and the Norwegian Minister of European Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.
 
Berner and Aspaker met in Helsinki as Finland assumed the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Norway will take over the Council of Ministers presidency next year.
 
The cooperation is envisaged to focus especially on exchange on information. The most im-portant goal is to achieve the best possible integration of immigrants drawing on the experience of different countries.
 
“Jobs have to be found for immigrants and education has to be offered for young people and children. Also, for example, the adults coming from Syria lacked writing and reading skills,” said Aspaker.
 
According to Norwegian news agency NTB, more than 31,000 asylum seekers came to Norway last year. According to the Norwegian immigration service estimation, the number could double this year. The Norwegian government plans to tighten its asylum regulation.
 
The Nordic countries’ immigration policies currently differ on matters related to rights, obliga-tions and legislation. Similarly, the European Union intends to harmonise immigration policies.
 
“After all the practices do not differ from each other significantly,” said Berner.
 
The emphasis this year was put on free movement of labour in the region. In practices, this tack-les issues such as VAT practices as well as adoption of qualifications and tax treatment of differ-ent countries.
 
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