Immigration wins more supporters

Norwegians continue to have a more positive impression of immigrants, according to the latest national survey conducted by state statistics bureau SSB. More think it should be easier for asylum seekers to settle down in Norway and that immigrants make a useful contribution to the workforce, while most immigrants themselves are satisfied with life in […]

Listhaug sets off more controversy

Sylvi Listhaug, Norway’s government minister in charge of immigration and integration, set off more debate this week after releasing the results of a study she’d ordered. It confirms that Norwegians with immigrant background are over-represented in crime statistics, a fact Listhaug seized upon while downplaying how the study also shows the degree of over-representation declining […]

Parliament grants refugees a reprieve

Young refugees who fled terror and a dismal future in Afghanistan, but failed to win asylum in Norway, will no longer be all but automatically sent back when they turn 18. They’ve won the right to a new evaluation of their asylum applications, after a majority in Parliament granted them a reprieve on Tuesday, but […]

Government reacts to Koran school abuse

Reports that several Somalian-Norwegian children have been sent by their families to strict Koran schools back in Somalia, where they suffered physical abuse, have prompted government ministers to threaten to withdraw the children’s passports. Then their parents wouldn’t be able to send them out of the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran a series of reports […]

Most young Afghan refugees run away

As Norwegian politicians continue to negotiate over forced returns of young rejected refugees, new figures show that most of them disappear before deportations are carried out. Running away from the asylum centers where they’ve only been allowed to live temporarily indicates how desperate they are to avoid being sent back to dangerous homelands. Newspaper Dagsavisen […]

SSB boss resigns after bureau battles

The embattled boss of Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB, Christine Meyer, has called it quits after being called on the carpet this week by  Finance Minister Siv Jensen. Meyer reportedly felt she lacked support from the ministry over a proposed reorganization at SSB that’s set off a storm of protests. SSB’s several hundred employees have […]

Listhaug: ‘Don’t halt Afghan returns’

UPDATED: Norway’s Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug warned the Norwegian Parliament in the strongest of terms on Wednesday against halting returns of refugees from Afghanistan who fail to qualify for asylum. The deportations of Afghans are controversial, especially when they involve young refugees as soon as they turn Norway’s legal age of 18, but Listhaug warned […]

Breivik inspires right-wing terror

After an autumn in which Norwegian media have deplored a rash of deadly mass shootings in the US, commentators often neglect to mention that the deadliest ever occurred just outside Oslo. Now comes news that Norway’s home-grown ultra-right-wing terrorist reportedly has inspired at least three attacks against Muslims in France. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the […]

‘The Emigrants’ set to cast off again

At a time when tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees have arrived in Scandinavia, Swedish and Norwegian filmmakers are preparing a new film version about the hundreds of thousands of Swedes and Norwegians who left their homelands in the 1800s and 1900s. Now The Emigrants will cast off with a script written by a […]

Embassy tipped about visa fraud

The Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan has received and forwarded tips to officials in Oslo about possible fraud involving visa applications. It’s not uncommon, they’ve been told, for visa applicants in Pakistan to pay dearly for written invitations to Norway, in the hopes that will help them secure a visa to Norway that also can serve as a […]