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Norway plans Arctic fence to deter refugees

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>> It's only 200 meters long, but it's a big statement. Norway planning to put up a steel fence on its arctic boarder with Russia to deter migrants and refugees. Human rights groups aren't happy about the plans. And locals fear cross border relations at this old Cold War frontier will suffer.
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According to Reuters Alister Doyle in Oslo, this is a far cry from Norway's traditionally welcoming attitude.>> Last year the Nordic countries, especially Sweden, threw open their doors to refugees from Syria. In Norway, there were about more than 30,000 refugees found their way to Norway. The region took in the most of any other regions per capita in Europe.
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But now that welcome's cooled a bit. People are seeing the back side of this in extra costs. Some people grumble about having refugees for neighbors.>> Migrants turning up in their thousands on bicycles last year. Right now, the border is just a road through a forest. And some say putting up a great, big fence feels a little too familiar.
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>> So for some people, putting up a new steel fence, even though it's only a couple of hundred meters long at the border post, seems to be an echo, this cold war mentality, they don't want it there. Since the Cold War there has been a boom in cross border traffic.
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People are coming across from Russia. The local signs in the town nearest the border in Norway put up in Norwegian scripts and it's Cyrillic so that the Russian visitors can read it. In the northern part of Norway, I think it's one in four marriages involves a Russian.>> The Norwegian government says they just don't have the personnel to ensure security here, and want to be prepared in case it happens again.
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They may not have to worry. So far this year, not even one person has sought asylum through this northern frontier.