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 […]

Immigration chief ‘misunderstood’

Sylvi Listhaug, Norway’s government minister in charge of immigration and integration, was back in the news this week, exactly one year to the day since she first presented a long list of proposals aimed at toughening Norway’s asylum and immigration rules. This time Listhaug, who has sparked controversy since the day she was appointed, was claiming […]

Prime minister lauded for promoting ‘new word of the year’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg ended up getting credit for introducing and using what Norwegian language experts chose as the “the new word of the year” for 2016: hverdagsintegrering. That literally translates to “everyday integration,” and it’s something Solberg urged to help include new immigrants and especially refugees into daily life in Norway. While Solberg’s government minister in charge […]

Skepticism grows over immigration

A new survey carried out by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) shows that a third of all Norwegians now think it should become even more difficult for asylum seekers to secure residence permission. That’s up 4 percent from last year, with SSB also reporting “changes in several indications of attitudes” regarding immigration. The survey of attitudes towards immigrants […]

Norway finally ready for more refugees

Just a day after a refugee aid group blasted Norwegian officials for being slow at taking in more refugees, state immigration agency UDI announced that around 20 will be flown to Norway this week from Italy, where they’ve been languishing in refugee camps. At least another 1,480 are due by the end of next year. Ann-Magrit Austenå, head […]

Appeals court backs Krekar’s extradition

A Norwegian appeals court has supported a ruling from an Oslo City Court that would allow state officials to extradite Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy. Officials in Italy want to prosecute Krekar on charges he led a terrorist network in Europe. Krekar’s long-time defense attorney Brynjar Meling has already vowed to appeal once again, to Norway’s Supreme Court. […]

Russian warrior arrested, faces deportation

Norwegian police have arrested a Russian citizen who’s been living in Tønsberg but fighting for pro-Russian militia in eastern Ukraine. Yan Petrovskiy  was recently declared a threat to national security, and his residence permission in Norway has been revoked. That cleared the way for police to arrest the 29-year-old Petrovskiy, who first came to Norway as […]

Bishop: ‘Let illegals work and pay tax’

Bishop Emeritus Tor Berger Jørgensen is calling on the Norwegian government to allow everyone who has been living illegally in Norway for five years or more, especially would-be refugees, to be allowed to work. Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug was quick to reject the bishop’s proposal as “completely unrealistic.” Jørgensen, who now leads the board of the organization Mennesker i […]

Most all Afghan men fail to win asylum

New figures from the EU’s statistics bureau Eurostat show that 99 percent of all men from Afghanistan who seek asylum in Norway are rejected. Norwegian officials interpret asylum rules much differently than officials in other European countries such as Italy, reports newspaper Aftenposten. “If I had known this, I wouldn’t have come to Norway,” one man from […]

Norway set to deport Russian right-wing extremist

Yan Petrovskiy, a 29-year-old right-wing extremist who moved to Norway as a teenager 12 years ago, has been declared a threat to national security. Norwegian authorities have warned Petrovskiy that he faces a deportation order. Immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) confirmed to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday that Petrovskiy, a Russian citizen with ties to Norwegian […]