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Norwegian city's decision to only accept Ukrainian refugees is 'discrimination', says top authority

Drammen's decision to only welcome Ukrainian refugees has been ruled as "direct discrimination based on nationality" and contrary to the Norway Constitution. In 2023, the oil-rich Scandinavian country hosted migrants mostly from Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany and Somalia.

Norway's top authority and the office of the Country Governor of Oslo announced on Tuesday (April 9) the withdrawal of a decision by Drammen's city council to only take Ukrainian refugees and not others, stating that it went against Norway's constitution and its discrimination laws.

The governor said Drammen's municipal decision discriminated based on nationality, while Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said the decision was "not legal." Støre noted that the country's 357 municipalities cannot decide for themselves which refugees they accept, only how many they can take in.

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