‘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 […]

Static over statistics sets off a storm

Heated conflicts are currently swirling in and around an unlikely target: Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB. Pending transfers of several of its top researchers, who track Norway’s development year after year, have led to alleged harassment and even threats against SSB’s director responsible, all because of a reorganization aimed at adapting to the digital age but […]

Three women found dead in Oslo flat

A woman in her late 60s and her two grown daughters were found dead in the apartment they shared at Romsås on Oslo’s east side late last week. No one had seen them since late last summer, about the time police think they died. Police forced their way into the apartment after city officials and […]

Rejected refugee returns after lashing

An Iranian woman, deported after her asylum application was rejected by Norwegian authorities, landed back in Norway on Friday after allegedly being subjected to the punishment she’d feared when she fled Iran in 2009. Leila Bayat had claimed all along that she had sought asylum in Norway back in 2009 because she faced a sentence […]

Norway set to allow dual citizenship

After years of denial, the Norwegian government finally appears ready to allow dual citizenship in Norway. A proposal cleared for hearing this autumn looks likely to gain support in Parliament, granting new rights to thousands of Norwegian residents with personal ties to another country. In a twist of irony, it was the immigration-skeptical government minister […]

Calls rise to halt Afghan returns

Norway’s conservative government is under more pressure to stop sending rejected refugees back to Afghanistan, especially minors when they turn 18. Amnesty International is among those demanding the halt to forced refugee returns, claiming Afghanistan is as dangerous as ever, but there’s still broad political support for the practice, also from the Labour and Center […]

American fights for asylum in Norway

Norwegian immigration and asylum officials have found themselves in an unusual situation, after an American citizen who has held both ordinary and diplomatic US passports sought asylum in Norway. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday morning that she’s pursuing her case from an asylum center in Trøndelag, central Norway. NRK reported that the case has a […]

Thousands excluded from Election Day

It was pouring rain in Oslo and many other Norwegian cities on Election Day Monday. That was at least some consolation, perhaps, for the thousands of permanent Norwegian residents over the age of 18 who couldn’t brave the bad weather and troop to the polls anyway, because they’re not eligible to vote. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently […]

Norway’s share of refugees plummets

Just two years after more than 30,000 refugees arrived in Norway, the  country’s share of all asylum seekers in Europe has declined dramatically. Norway also ranks high in rejecting asylum seekers, and in forcibly sending them out of the country. Only Bulgaria rejects more would-be refugees than Norway, according to new statistics from Eurostat, the official statistics service for the […]