MP ‘shocked’ by own colleague’s remarks

A Member of Parliament for Norway’s conservative Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) was shocked on Friday after one of her own colleagues in the southern coastal city of Arendal made what many consider to be a series of racist remarks from the podium at a city council meeting Thursday evening. Sylvi Hardy of Frp said among […]

Exploitation risk high in Norway

A new report found immigrant workers in Norway are more vulnerable to social dumping than in any other Nordic country. Research foundation Fafo said Norway has the worst labour regulation regime in the region, with few opportunities for migrants to access collective bargaining agreements and unions. The report, called Immigration and labour market integration in […]

Foreigners face ‘modern slavery’

The exploitation of foreign workers in Norway who are willing to work for less pay than Norwegians is becoming more widespread and more serious, according to employment lawyers. On the eve of Labour Day, a day of working class rallies over political and labour issues in the country, employment law expert Rune Berg said many […]

UDI weighs in on deported parents

The head of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet, UDI), Frode Forfang, said the practice of deporting foreign mothers while their children remain in Norwegian foster care needs to change. His comments followed criticism from the Nigerian ambassador on Wednesday over a number of cases where families have been separated over the last two years. […]

Students sent to school in Africa

Authorities are concerned a growing number of Somali-Norwegians are taking their children out of Norwegian schools and sending them to study in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and the United Kingdom. A new report by the Institute for Social Research (Institutt for samfunnsforskning, ISF) found hundreds of children have been pulled out of the Norwegian school system […]

Frp’s ‘butterball immigrant’ reacts

Liberal (Venstre) politician Ketil Kjenseth was forced to apologize on Thursday after calling Progress Party (Fremskrittpartiet, Frp) member Mayzar Keshvari a “smørbukk-innvandrer,” which literally translates to “butterball immigrant” and suggests they’re too fortunate. Kjenseth’s comments came in reaction to Keshvari’s proposal to deny free healthcare to illegal immigrants, and place mandatory reporting requirements on health […]

More immigrant kids in poverty

The number of children living in poverty in Norway has increased sharply, with 78,200 people under the age of 18 now listed below the poverty line. The majority are from immigrant families, according to new figures from Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå, SSB). After several years of relative stability, 2012 saw a jump in the number […]

More immigrants on welfare

Almost one in three social welfare recipients in Norway are immigrants, and the proportion is increasing. Figures from Statistics Norway (Statistisk sentralbyrå, SSB) showed between 2002 and 2010, the amount of immigrants among welfare recipients rose from 23 percent to 30 percent. The share of immigrant single mothers on welfare rose from 29 to 52 […]

Youths deny racism, guilt over attack

UPDATED: Hundreds of residents of the small town of Verdal in Nord-Trøndelag marched in a torchlight parade Thursday evening, to protest what’s widely believed to be a racist attack on a man from Liberia. Three young people charged with assaulting an African man in Verdal have denied any racist motivation or culpability. The parade was […]

Youths charged over racist attack

Three young people were charged on Tuesday over a brutal attack on a Liberian man in the Nord-Trøndelag town of Verdal. Jacob Kuteh was followed home on Saturday and set upon by the group of strangers right outside his house, one of whom allegedly told him “I don’t like immigrants here in Verdal.” Kuteh had […]