Asylum center leader charged with sexual assault

A leader of several asylum centers in Norway has been charged and jailed on suspicion of having sexually assaulted more than a dozen children under the age of 16. Newspaper Dagbladet reported that police believe the children who’ve been assaulted can include refugee children living at the asylum centers. The man charged denies any criminal liability, according to […]

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 […]

Foreign minister upholds Trump criticism

Foreign Minister Børge Brende addressed the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday with a promise to maintain the government’s criticism of US President Donald J Trump’s new ban on refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries. He declined, however, to call in the man now in charge at the US Embassy in Oslo, to express a rebuke […]

Immigration tests the welfare state

Norway has not succeeded in ushering refugees and many other immigrants into the workforce, notes the leader of a commission that’s been studying the consequences of immigration. In the long run, immigration can thus challenge the country’s carefully crafted welfare state, according to Professor Grete Brochmann, who handed her commission’s latest report to the government this […]

Former ministers ‘shocked’ by Trump

Three former Norwegian foreign ministers, including one who also served as Norway’s ambassador to the US, are urging the government to directly and more strongly oppose the new bans on entry to the US imposed President Donald J Trump. They also urged close cooperation with European allies in fighting such discrimination on the basis of religion or nationality. […]

Calls rise to help US-banned refugees

As outrage piles up over the US Trump Administration’s sudden ban on asylum seekers and citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, some Norwegians want to offer alternative shelter to more UN-approved refugees. Even a member of the Conservative Party, which holds government power, called for an evaluation on Monday of whether refugees now facing rejection at the US border can come to Norway […]

Norway slams US’ refugee, travel ban

The Norwegian government, which often has called the US its “most important ally,” was as upset as many others around the world this weekend after new US President Donald Trump banned the entry of refugees and other citizens of seven mostly-Muslim countries. They included a passenger from Oslo on a Norwegian Air flight to Los Angeles, who was denied […]

Christian Democrats help rein in UDI

Norway’s Christian Democrats party has gone along with forming a majority in Parliament that will stop state immigration agency UDI from revoking citizenship granted to immigrants on false premises. Only the courts will be able to revoke citizenship in the future. The move means that both the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkepartiet, KrF) and the Liberals (Venstre) are breaking […]

Alarms ring over rejected refugees

UPDATED: Never before has so much concern been expressed over the fate of mostly teenage boys who have fled Afghanistan, made their way to Norway and then seen their asylum applications rejected. Prime Minister Erna Solberg is under pressure to help them, and halt efforts to send them and others whose citizenship has been challenged […]

Soldiers of Odin loses leaders

Just two weeks after taking over as the new leader of the quasi-vigilante group Soldiers of Odin, Jan Tellef Aanonsen says he has quit and hopes the entire organization “disappears.” Its former leader, meanwhile, was back in court this week, charged with assault. The group grabbed headlines last winter when members wearing hooded black jackets […]