Linda Hagen (L) and a translator address Syrian and Sudanese asylum seekers during a courses to prevent violence against women in Ha, near Stavanger, Norway, on January 18, 2016. / AFP / Pierre-Henry DESHAYES
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Russia Sunday confirmed it had shut for "security reasons" an Arctic border post with Norway to migrants being controversially returned from the Nordic country.Norway Saturday said it was temporarily halting its return of migrants -- mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq -- who had entered from Russia following a request from the authorities there. Some 5,500 migrants crossed from Russia into Norway last year, on the last leg of an arduous journey through the Arctic to Europe.But the right-wing government in Oslo has decided that migrants who had been living legally in Russia, or had entered Russia legally, should be immediately returned there, on the basis that Russia is a safe country.
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