One of Oslo's leading mosques has been banned from accommodating refugees after the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) ruled that organisation's providing emergency help should be "neutral".

At least 700 new refugees, mainly from Syria, are expected to arrive in Norway this week and the UDI is coordinating with charities and other organisation who can provide temporary accommodation for those arriving.

The Islamic Cultural Centre, Norway's oldest mosque, had offered the UDI assistance by providing shelter, an offer that has now been denied.

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