Norwegian officials called the school guards “extra supervision.”
Critics said the plan to post security personnel near an Oslo school in case of assaults by newly arrived refugees was an ugly euphemism for intolerance.
Across the border in the far northern Swedish town of Kalix, a traditional bastion of center-left politics, more than 100 residents signed a petition against plans to turn a 19th-century country house into a reception center for unaccompanied minors.
The debate among these liberal Scandinavian stalwarts would have been unheard of a year ago, underscoring how concern about a record influx of immigrants is percolating into the Nordics’ mainstream from the populist fringes.
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