Royals wrap up visit to Jordan

King Harald V and Queen Sonja ended a three-day state visit to Jordan on Wednesday, their first official visit to the Middle East. The royal couple hailed Jordan’s efforts to take in thousands of refugees from Syria, and seek solutions to conflicts in the region. Just as debate has reignited over Norway’s refusal to take in […]

Solberg wards off a new refugee influx

The Norwegian government is neither prepared nor willing to open the country’s doors to any of the millions of asylum seekers Turkey is now releasing towards Europe. Norway’s conservative government still prefers to “help refugees where they are” instead of offering shelter in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, and that’s re-igniting debate over immigration […]

Convicted bishop ‘has no regrets’

Retired Bishop Gunnar Stålsett was convicted by an Oslo court as expected on Thursday, for having offered work and income to a rejected refugee who couldn’t be sent back to Eritrea. That became illegal in 2011, but Stålsett described himself as a conscientious objector to a law he views as simply wrong. The Oslo County […]

Immigrant tragedy deepens

The four-year-old daughter of an immigrant woman from Sudan died Thursday night after three days of intensive care at Norway’s national hospital in Oslo. She was among the three children of the woman who’s believed to have drowned herself while taking her young daughters with her into icy waters off Tromsø. The woman and her […]

Retired bishop risks jail over principles

The 84-year-old former bishop of Oslo, Gunnar Stålsett, has been ordered to appear in court just a week before Christmas. Norwegian police want him sentenced to 45 days in jail, because he has illegally employed a woman from Eritrea who’d been denied asylum and wound up as an undocumented and rejected refugee. Stålsett hasn’t wanted to […]

Police deport Iran critic working for convicted employer

Norwegian police deported a critic of the regime in Iran earlier this week. He’d been working illegally for a Norwegian employment agency whose owner, Arne Viste, was recently convicted for having hired undocumented workers.  Karim Salahy’s live-in partner told newspaper Klassekampen that he was only taken as far as Amsterdam when he and the police […]

Police investigate new racist attack

The new Hønefoss Church has sheltered a refugee Afghan family of four since last year. On Saturday the father and his seven-year-old son ventured outdoors for a walk in nearby woods, only to become victims of what police believe was a racist attack. Newspaper Ringerikes Blad reported that the little boy and his father were […]

Trial begins over rights to work

The leader of an employment agency in the Stavanger area was having his days in court this week, keen to defend his decision to hire asylum seekers and other foreigners even though they lack formal working permission in Norway. He doesn’t think that’s a crime. “I acknowledge the facts (of what authorities claim is illegal […]

Rescue ship finally gets migrant aid

Another migrant drama in the Mediterranean finally ended on Friday, when Malta agreed to transfer 356 people rescued at sea by Norwegian ship Ocean Viking to vessels outside its territorial waters, and then take them ashore. Six other EU countries have agreed to take them in, but not Norway itself. The drama has been embarrassing […]

New arrivals face integration demands

Asylum seekers and immigrants arriving in Norway will soon face new demands aimed at ensuring better integration and competence in the Norwegian language. Education Minister Jan Tore Sanner of the Conservative Party claimed a proposed “integration law” marks the “biggest change in integration policy in Norway since 2003.” That’s when Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who […]