Immigrants’ income varies widely

The median income of British and Danish immigrants in Norway is higher than that for the country as a whole, while immigrants from Somalia rank lowest on new income charts prepared by state statistics bureau SSB. Immigrants in general earn roughly 77 percent of the median income in Norway. SSB set the median after-tax income in Norway […]

‘Paradise’ lost for euro crisis refugees

“In Spain they talk about Norway as a ‘paradise,’” 34-year-old Tatiania Espinosa told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), but the reality turned out to be much different. Espinosa is among the thousands of so-called “euro crisis refugees” who have fled 30 percent unemployment rates in Spain to seek a better life in Norway, only to see their dreams shattered. New figures […]

Immigrants turn to Conservatives

The Conservative Party (Høyre)'s team of politicians is making strides in attracting the immigrant vote. PHOTO: Høyre

The number of Norwegian residents with non-western background who voted for Norway’s Conservative Party (Høyre) doubled between the elections of 2011 and 2013, according to new figures from state statistics bureau SSB. Høyre already has solid support within Norway’s Polish community as well, making it the emerging party of choice for immigrants. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week […]

‘Treasure chest’ opened for youth

A new selection of summer sports equipment for children and youth in Oslo has opened at Bislett Stadium, operated by the humanitarian group Kirkens Bymisjon. The goal is to provide recreational opportunities to young city residents, with no stigma attached to their economic status. New figures show that nearly 80,000 children in Norway live in […]

Child poverty on the rise in Norway

The percentage of children living in families categorized as poor in Norway has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, and the state auditor general is criticizing local governments for failing to tackle the problem. He says local authorities can and should do much more to activate the children by providing access to more recreation and social programs. “I would go […]

MP ‘shocked’ by own colleague’s remarks

Sylvi Hardy, a substitute representative for the Progress Party (Frp) on Arendal's city council, made some remarks about refugees at a council meeting Thursday evening that shocked even a fellow Frp MP. The remarks were seen as stigmatizing refugees and immigrants. PHOTO: Arendal kommune/NRK screen grab

A Member of Parliament for Norway’s conservative Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) was shocked on Friday after one of her own colleagues in the southern coastal city of Arendal made what many consider to be a series of racist remarks from the podium at a city council meeting Thursday evening. Sylvi Hardy of Frp said among […]

Most immigrants embrace ’17.mai’

School children play an important role in 17th of May parades all over Norway, not just here in Oslo. Researchers feel the concrete roles assigned by the schools have helped fuel feelings of inclusiveness among immigrants. PHOTO:

Norwegians and “new Norwegians” alike marched side-by-side again in parades Saturday on what the locals call “17.mai,” the Constitution Day holiday on the 17th of May. It’s the one day of the year when many immigrants actually feel included in Norwegian society, a surprising discovery in a new study that researchers link to a “17th of […]

Concerns rise over Muslim school

Mazyar Keshvari, the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, FrP) immigration spokesman said he'll petition Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen to revoke the approvals for a new Muslim primary school in Oslo. Keshvari and several Oslo city politicians are concerned the school will hinder integration, and argued the last Muslim primary school was a failure. PHOTO: Reynir Johannesson/FrP

After years of campaigning, a group of Muslim mothers received approval this week to open an Islamic primary school, the only one in Norway.  Critics want the approvals withdrawn, arguing it would damage children’s Norwegian integration and the model has been proven not to work. The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (Utdanningsdirektorate) approved an […]

Students sent to school in Africa

Authorities are concerned a growing number of Somali-Norwegians are taking their children out of Norwegian schools and sending them to study in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and the United Kingdom. A new report by the Institute for Social Research (Institutt for samfunnsforskning, ISF) found hundreds of children have been pulled out of the Norwegian school system […]

Frp’s ‘butterball immigrant’ reacts


Liberal (Venstre) politician Ketil Kjenseth was forced to apologize on Thursday after calling Progress Party (Fremskrittpartiet, Frp) member Mayzar Keshvari a “smørbukk-innvandrer,” which literally translates to “butterball immigrant” and suggests they’re too fortunate. Kjenseth’s comments came in reaction to Keshvari’s proposal to deny free healthcare to illegal immigrants, and place mandatory reporting requirements on health […]