Russia's role in Arctic migrant route questioned

A worker outside the sleeping facilities at the arrival centre for refugees near Kirkenes in northern Norway, close to the border with RussiaAn increasingly popular route for migrants across Russia and into Norway has Oslo angered and worried as winter approaches, while commentators suspect Moscow is deliberately creating problems for its neighbour. Since the start of the year, around 4,000 asylum seekers have made a long detour through the far north to cross the border between Russia and Norway, which is a member of the Schengen agreement on free movement even though it is not a member of the European Union. By comparison, only 10 asylum seekers made the crossing last year.

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