by Simon Kent
Radical Islamists have been caught infiltrating migrant
reception centres in Norway and trying to recruit new arrivals to their
cause, the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has warned. The
extremists have been so visible that some migrants have asked whether or
not they are really in Europe and free of the religious fundamentalism
they claim to be escaping.
“We have seen signs that extreme Islamists have approached the
reception centres and asylum seekers. They have been there to get
contacts. Aside from that, it’s difficult to say what their specific
purpose is,” Jørn Presterudstuen from PST told Norwegian news agency NTB.
“We are of course worried about recruitment into radical circles: of
course we are worried about every single person that may be recruited by
extreme Islamists and their cause.”
Torshov reception centre in Oslo confirms that Islamists have visited and spoken to refugees at the centre.
“We had an incident here with an Islamist who has been in Norway for
some years. His message was that the West had helped to destroy his
homeland and they had to stand together within Islam. It was very
important that they continued to go to the mosque and followed the
rules, particularly with regard to women,” the centre’s manager, Hugo
An employee who did not wish to be named said that asylum seekers from Syria were fearful of the man.
“They were afraid and asked ‘Have we come to Europe?’. They said that they had fled from this, the extremism,” he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Breitbart London has reported
on the brazen move by Islamists who waste no time radicalising their
latest Muslim recruits, approaching new arrivals as soon as they arrive
Just last month German authorities cautioned that Islamists were
taking advantage of migrants who were disorientated or without friends
in their new country. An official in Bavaria said: “Salafists are trying
to talk with unaccompanied youths who have come to Germany without
their families and who are in particular need of support and
“The Salafists are trying to use the desperate situation refugees find themselves in for their own goals”.
Norway is no stranger to migrants and is not immune to Europe’s
migrant crisis. The country has seen a surge in the number of refugees
arriving in recent months, with the the Norwegian Directorate of
Immigration stating that their previous prognosis of 20,000 to 25,000
asylum seekers in 2015 is too low.
The UNHCR reports the number of asylum applications received in 2014
by EU member states rose last year by 25 per cent while Norway housed
more than 47,000 refugees as of December 2014, but more have tried to
make their way across the border with Russia on bicycles in recent
weeks, exploiting a legal loophole prohibiting entry by car or by foot.
Cycling is one of the few options remaining for those desperate
enough to make the journey through the Arctic to Norway. Pedestrians are
not permitted to cross from Russia and Norwegian police impose heavy
fines on people trafficking refugees in cars.