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Norway Considers Putting Ankle Monitors On Refugees To Prevent Terror Attacks

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The Norwegian government is investigating the possibility of putting ankle monitors on some asylum seekers in an effort to prevent terror attacks.

Norway is looking to expand its electronic monitoring of criminals. Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug wants to examine the possibility to include people with unknown identities and foreigners scheduled for deportation.

“We have to constantly look at new ways to ensure security for our citizens,” Listhaug told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Many refugees arrive without proper documentation to support who they are. Listhaug thinks this group should be monitored more extensively considering recent terror attacks in Europe.

“We are in a situation where we see terrorism happening in Europe, so for this group it could also be possible to use this form of surveillance,” Listhaug said.

Another group is foreign criminals who are in the country illegally because they hide from authorities or their home countries refuse to take them.

“Some of them are in-and-out of jail,” she said. “When they get out they commit new crimes and we wish to keep these people under control.”

It is unclear if this type of surveillance is legal in all cases and whether there are any security issues with the proposal.

“These are the type of questions we want to sort out through this investigation,” Listhaug said. “It will be necessary to put forth a legal framework that addresses all these groups if we are to make changes.”

People called for Listhaug to resign in October after a Facebook post where she said Norwegians “eat pork, drink alcohol and show our face.”

“I think those who come to Norway need to adapt to our society,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Here we eat pork, drink alcohol and show our face. You must abide by the values, laws and regulations that are in Norway when you come here.”

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