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 […]

Conservatives open to dual citizenship

After years of debate, the Norwegian Conservative Party has voted in favour of clearing the way to allow dual citizenship in Norway. Since the Conservatives hold government power, the vote on Sunday may finally allow thousands of long-time foreign residents in Norway to feel more Norwegian as well. “This is a great victory for everyone who […]

Listhaug fends off attack on her cross

Sylvi Listhaug, Norway’s government minister in charge of immigration and asylum issues, is off on maternity leave but that hasn’t exempted her from more controversy. Now she’s been subjected to what she calls a “degrading attack” over the cross she’s often been wearing around her neck during the past year, claiming it’s “incredible” that it should […]

Court dumps Breivik’s prison complaint

UPDATED: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is not being subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights, according to an appeals court decision handed down on Wednesday. Breivik lost on all counts but his attorney is already vowing to appeal. The decision from Norway’s Borgarting lagmannsrett cleared Norwegian state authorities of any violations of […]

Frp opens up for dual citizenship

One of Norway’s two government parties, the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) seems to be leaning in favour of finally allowing dual citizenship in the country. Its government partner, the Conservatives, remains undecided while at least one of their support parties in Parliament has long favoured dual citizenship. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that several county leaders in […]

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 […]

Norway’s population rises again

Oslo has long been among Europe’s fastest-growing capitals. New statistics show that the overall population nationwide was up again at the end of last year. Norway had an official populati0n of 5,258,317 as of December 31, 2016. That’s up 44,300, or 0.9 percent, from the year before, and the largest increase was among men. State […]

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 […]