Norway accused of sending young refugees to France

The French humanitarian aid organization Utopia claims that Norway is indirectly sending its young asylum seekers from Afghanistan on to France, because of Norwegian policies that forcibly return asylum seekers back home when they turn 18. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that in March alone, 41 young asylum seekers who had arrived in Norway alone disappeared […]

Ministry mum on diplomats’ asylum

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry was mostly staying silent Thursday morning after news broke this week that four Turkish military officers and a veteran diplomat at the Turkish Embassy in Oslo have been granted asylum in Norway. The Turkish government has reacted angrily to the asylum decision, and demanded an explanation from Norway’s own ambassador in Ankara. “As […]

Progress Party proud of sharp decline in asylum seekers

Norway’s conservative Progress Party, which long has argued in favour of restrictive immigration, was proud of the “solid documentation” released this week showing that Norway experienced Europe’s biggest decline in arrivals of asylum seekers last year. The decline came even though Europe still logged another huge stream of would-be refugees. The numbers from Eurostat showed that 1.2 million […]

Court backs revocation of 17-year resident’s citizenship

The Oslo City Court (Oslo Tingrett) sided on Monday with state immigration authorities who claim that a bioengineer at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål lied about his origins when he came to Norway as a teenager 17 years ago. The court agreed that Mahad Adib Mahamud should be stripped of his Norwegian citizenship and deported to Djibouti, which […]

Asylum center leader charged with sexual assault

A leader of several asylum centers in Norway has been charged and jailed on suspicion of having sexually assaulted more than a dozen children under the age of 16. Newspaper Dagbladet reported that police believe the children who’ve been assaulted can include refugee children living at the asylum centers. The man charged denies any criminal liability, according to […]

Politicians react to family’s loss of citizenship

Ten descendants of a couple who came to Norway as refugees 27 years ago all face losing their Norwegian citizenship and passports because immigration authorities now claim the couple lied about their origins. Politicians and legal experts are protesting the entire family’s threatened deportation.  Several Members of Parliament including Ingjerd Schou of the Conservative Party and Hadia Tajik of […]

Culture shock hits refugees in Karasjok

Karasjok in Northern Norway is known as a capital of Sami culture with long cold winters, equally long light summer days and wide open spaces. Not everyone wants to live there, though, and several refugee families from Syria are suffering culture shock in Karasjok. Like growing numbers elsewhere, they just want to go home. That’s extremely difficult if […]

SAS, other airlines, lift US travel ban

After several days of confusion and chaos, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was among airlines notified by the industry organization IATA during the weekend that US President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on entry for citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries had been lifted. After a US federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against it, on the grounds it […]

Foreign minister upholds Trump criticism

Foreign Minister Børge Brende addressed the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday with a promise to maintain the government’s criticism of US President Donald J Trump’s new ban on refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries. He declined, however, to call in the man now in charge at the US Embassy in Oslo, to express a rebuke […]

Immigration tests the welfare state

Norway has not succeeded in ushering refugees and many other immigrants into the workforce, notes the leader of a commission that’s been studying the consequences of immigration. In the long run, immigration can thus challenge the country’s carefully crafted welfare state, according to Professor Grete Brochmann, who handed her commission’s latest report to the government this […]