A senior politician from Norway's Progress Party is facing possible expulsion after she declared that refugees "smell bad" and "beat their own children", during a debate on asylum.

Sylvi Hardy, who represents the populist party in Arendal's City Council, made her comments at a council meeting on Thursday evening.

"Do we really want to have people in our own living rooms, who think so differently, and who smell badly because they eat such different food?" she said as she made her case for limiting asylum acceptances.

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