Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has rejected calls by coalition partner the Progress Party to detain rejected asylum seekers in secured facilities.

The proposal by the nationalist Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) had no support from other parliamentary parties, Solberg said.

"Frp has always been of the opinion that people whose asylum applications are rejected should be held in secured facilities. They have not received backing for that, and we agree with this [the lack of backing, ed.]," the PM told NRK.

"This is an old Frp proposal that I heard Sylvi [Listhaug, minister for immigration and Frp MP, ed.] repeat yesterday, but it is not a foundation for this government and is not going to become one," Solberg continued.

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