OSLO (Reuters) – Norway will offer collective protection to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said on Friday, emulating a similar move by the European Union.
Some 300 Ukrainians have so far arrived to the Nordic country, which is not a member of the European Union but is part of the common European market and the Schengen area.
Collective protection of refugees voids the need for individual asylum applications. It was last used by Norway during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik)