China accused of a ‘moral collapse’

Reaction to Chinese authorities’ crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy continues in Norway, with several top politicians now keen on offering asylum to the former British colony’s pro-democracy activists. One former Norwegian government minister is even calling China “the world’s largest dictatorship.” “I also think we need to evaluate whether this is a country with which […]

New asylum system greets few seekers

The numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Norway have sunk to new record lows in recent months. Norwegian officials are nevertheless preparing to receive many more at their cavernous national reception center in Råde, through a new system in which persecuted homo- and transsexuals are due to get priority. Justice Minister Monica Mæland visited the […]

Sicily takes in ‘Ocean Viking’ migrants

The Norwegian offshore vessel Ocean Viking, chartered by a humanitarian organization to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, was finally allowed by Italian authorities to sail for Sicily after unrest on board that threatened its crew during the weekend. “We have received a message to sail to Empedocle and take contact with harbour authorities when we […]

Immigrants often face discrimination

More Norwegians are now acknowledging that immigrants face discrimination in Norway. A new survey by the country’s independent Institute for Social Research shows that the number of those who believe discrimination occurs “to a large degree” has tripled in the last six years. That’s “record high,” Libe Rieber-Mohn, head of Norway’s state directorate in charge […]

Confusion clouds refugee ‘solution’

Norway’s three government parties claim they’ve agreed on a plan to evacuate some “young and vulnerable” asylum seekers from squalid refugee camps in Greece, but still can’t say when or how many. Justice Minister Monica Mæland also confirms the plan is contingent on at least eight to 10 other countries evacuating and accepting refugees first. […]

Norway ‘should take in more refugees’

Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is openly critical that Norway’s Conservatives-led government hasn’t offered to take in more refugees from squalid camps in Greece. Now the government’s two smaller parties, both of which want to offer homes to minors without parents in the camps, have been invited to form a majority with opposition parties […]

Labour caves in to taking in refugees

The leadership of Norway’s Labour Party has finally been pressured into reversing its stance against evacuation of children from the notorious Moria refugee camp in Greece. Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre’s new course may clear the way for bringing some lone underage migrants from Moria to Norway. Støre has earlier been unusually allied on the […]

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 […]