Aid can be tied to language skills

Labour and Social Affairs Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen wants to cut welfare aid payments to needy young immigrants if they don’t take part in Norwegian language classes.  He’s sending a proposed law to Parliament aimed at boosting proficiency in Norwegian, and getting more immigrants into the labour market. “Norwegian is the entry ticket to the […]

Demonstrators bash Norway’s Moria response

Several hundred Norwegians demonstrated in front of Parliament Monday afternoon, demanding that Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the rest of her government take in more than just 50 asylum seekers from the ruins of the Moria refugee camp in Greece. Solberg has so far refused to do so, and both her ministers in charge of […]

Norway’s Moria aid offer ridiculed

The Norwegian government, under pressure for months to take in refugees from the squalid and overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece, finally announced it would accept 50 after the camp burned down during the night. “That’s just embarrassing,” claimed one critic, since at least 13,000 refugees now need shelter again. Katrine Nødtvedt, Bergen’s city government leader […]

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 […]