Many flunk citizenship test

Fully a third of all immigrants in Norway who apply for citizenship flunk the required test. Around 6,000 people took the test last year, and far from all of them were granted Norwegian passports. The citizenship test became obligatory last January, so the results for 2017 are the first available. Gina Lund, director of the […]

Listhaug to tighten citizenship rules

Norway’s controversial immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, is back on the job after a brief maternity leave and keen to make it even more difficult for foreigners to settle in Norway and become Norwegian citizens. Now she wants to raise residence requirements from the current seven years, to 10. “Norwegian citizenship shall be difficult to attain,” […]

Christian Democrats help rein in UDI

Norway’s Christian Democrats party has gone along with forming a majority in Parliament that will stop state immigration agency UDI from revoking citizenship granted to immigrants on false premises. Only the courts will be able to revoke citizenship in the future. The move means that both the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkepartiet, KrF) and the Liberals (Venstre) are breaking […]

Alarms ring over rejected refugees

UPDATED: Never before has so much concern been expressed over the fate of mostly teenage boys who have fled Afghanistan, made their way to Norway and then seen their asylum applications rejected. Prime Minister Erna Solberg is under pressure to help them, and halt efforts to send them and others whose citizenship has been challenged […]

Sp keen to exclude resident foreigners

Norway’s rural-oriented Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) presented two key portions of its election platform on Friday that opponents claim will “punish” foreigners who have residence permission in Norway but don’t hold Norwegian citizenship. The party itself also stands to gain more power on at least one of the proposals, but claims it’s only trying to make […]

Liberals support dual citizenship

Norway’s Liberal Party (Venstre), one of the government’s two support parties in Parliament, wants to make it easier for foreigners who have settled in Norway to become Norwegian citizens while retaining their original citizenship. Dual citizenship would also be welcomed by native Norwegians who were forced to give up their Norwegian passports when they settled abroad. At […]

Royals attend new citizenship ceremony

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit took part in the latest ceremony to honour new Norwegian citizens over the weekend. The ceremony, held as usual at Oslo’s City Hall, formally welcomed 399 people who’ve recently been granted citizenship. It also attracted hundreds of families and friends of the new citizens, all of whom were […]

Jihadists and terrorists may lose their citizenship

The Norwegian government announced over the weekend that it’s considering revoking citizenship to those who take part in terrorism, or warfare outside of Norway that’s not part of approved Norwegian military operations. The proposal is aimed at Norwegian jihadists who head off to take part in holy wars. “This is meant to send a strong […]

More foreigners denied citizenship

The number of people denied Norwegian citizenship has increased, as authorities rejected more people for lying about their identity or submitting fake papers. Almost 13,000 immigrants were granted citizenship last year, while 341 applications were knocked back. “We have a strong focus on clarifying identity, particularly in relation to citizenship,” Karl Erik Sjøholt from the […]

Hundreds denied citizenship because of poor Norwegian language skills

Nearly 350 foreigners living in Oslo and Akershus alone have been denied citizenship or permanent residence permission in Norway because they’re not good enough at speaking, reading or writing Norwegian. State broadcaster NRK reported Monday how the figures show one of the first tests of a new law approved two years ago, that requires foreigners […]