More refugees arrive from Russia

Police in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark have demanded an answer from Russian authorities as to why they allowed six asylum seekers to cross the border into Norway this week. Norwegian authorities thought they had an agreement with their Russian counterparts on strict border control. News bureau NTB reported Thursday that the six asylum seekers, […]

Russia arrests four at Norwegian border

Russian border guards have reportedly arrested four people for trying to cross the country’s northern border into Norway. Russian security agency FSB, which is responsible for the country’s border guard service, said those arrested are citizens of Morocco. The Independent Barents Observer, the Kirkenes-based news service that specializes in covering Arctic issues, reported that it remained unclear […]

Immigration ‘can make Norway great’

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS: As Norway continues to grapple with its newfound diversity, and settle thousands of refugees, a visiting American thinks that “what made America great, can make Norway great, too.” Anisa Abeytia, a Stanford graduate from California working on a documentary about Syrian refugees in Europe, has spent quite a bit of time in Norway, and […]

Refugee rescue ship back in Norway

The offshore vessel Siem Pilot has spent the past two years patrolling the waters of the Mediterranean and rescuing thousands of desperate refugees from drowning. It returned to Norway on Thursday, when the country was otherwise celebrating the Ascension Day public holiday. The vessel, which was built to serve offshore oil platforms, wound up being chartered […]

More Norwegians favour immigration

As Norwegians gear up to celebrate their national day on the 17th of May, a new survey shows that a majority of them now think immigration has been good for the country. There’s been a sharp rise in the number favouring immigration just since last year. The survey, conducted by research firm Ipsos/MMI in cooperation […]

Half of all refugees in Norway have jobs

Just over half of the refugees in Norway aged 25-54 have jobs, reports state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). That compares to around 80 percent of the Norwegian population in the same age group. News bureau NTB reported this week that SSB’s numbers were from the fourth quarter of 2015, when a refugee influx to Norway reached […]

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 […]