Refugee children smuggled into NorwayRefugee children smuggled into Norway
Hundreds of refugee children as young as age five have been smuggled into Norway this year. Most are sent by desperate, cynical parents, aided by professional smugglers who demand high payments. "People-smuggling, especially that involving children, is organized crime in the vast majority of cases," said Atle Roll-Martinsen at Norway's special criminal investigative unit Kripos. He said it's improbable that children can reach Norway on their own, and that they rely on help along the way. The children themselves are believed to have been supplied with stories to explain how they got to Norway. In one case, a boy around eight years old said his mother and siblings in Kosovo were dead, and that he left Kosovo with his father. He claimed they were then separated in Germany. An investigation into his case, however, found his parents and siblings living in Greece. When confronted with this information, the boy was saddened, but reportedly relieved that his lie had been revealed. Plans were made to reunite the boy with his family.
More hidden terrorists in Norway
The Algerians arrested in Italy are not the only potential terrorists in Norway, security forces said Thursday. "We know that there are persons in Norway today that can be linked to the terrorist network abroad," Martin Bernsen, information adviser at the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) told Aftenposten.no. The PST will not disclose how many persons they are referring to, or how many different nationalities are involved.