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 […]

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 […]