Somalian leader to probe ‘Koran schools’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with her Somalian counterpart at the World Economic Summit in Davos this week, and he promised her that he would investigate concerns about alleged brutality at so-called “Koran schools” in Somalia. Hassan Ali Khaire, who retains a Norwegian passport after arriving in Norway as a refugee in 1989 before returning […]

Ban looms on marriage between cousins

Both ends of the political spectrum in Norway seem to agree on a proposal to prohibit marriage between what Norwegians call søskenbarn, the children of brothers and sisters. The conservative Progress Party and the Labour Party support a ban and will move the proposal forward in Parliament. Norway’s own royal family has earlier engaged in […]

Dual citizenship put up for hearing

The Norwegian government has moved forward with its proposal to do away with the country’s long-standing principle of only allowing single citizenship. It sent its proposal to finally allow dual citizenship in Norway out to hearing just before Christmas. The conservative government coalition’s change of heart on the issue, which has been debated for years, […]

Debate flies over low asylum figures

Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug was predictably delighted by confirmation of the lowest numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Norway since 1995. Others claimed a wealthy country like Norway has no reason to be proud that it’s not offering refuge to many more people who need it. “We haven’t seen more people forced to flee […]

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 […]