Norway appointed Sylvi Listhaug as their first immigration minister in December, and is looking to act on his promises to reduce the rise in refugee numbers by sending back all who crossed at Storskog without the appropriate paperwork.
While those with Russian residency permits will be turned away from Norway though, Russia is also said to be refusing to take them, or granting them one-year temporary asylum rather than legal status.
Norwegian police have confirmed refugees will be taken back by bus rather than made to cycle
Norwegian police have confirmed that the refugees would be taken back to Russia by bus rather than made to cycle, but did order the bikes left after the crossing to “be gathered up for use by the foreigners who will be returned to Russia,” reports The Guardian.
Norway is part of the Schengen area, consisting of 26 European countries which have bypassed the use of passports and any other type of control for travel at common borders, though many purpose-built border restrictions have come back into play in recent months.