Immigration from Pakistan hailed

King Harald V, Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen and Pakistan’s ambassador to Norway were among those kicking off a weekend of events marking the 50th anniversary of the first labour immigrants’ arrival in Norway from Pakistan. They paved the way for tens of thousands of other immigrants over the past several decades. The City of Oslo […]

UDI admits to privacy violations

Norway’s immigration agency UDI is contacting five people who’ve sought residence permits in Norway and eight of its own employees, after documents containing personal information about all 13 of them were found in discarded office furniture. The lack of control over such sensitive information constitutes a violation of Norwegian privacy law, which UDI is acknowledging. […]

Chinese seek asylum in Norway

Norwegian authorities have received around 80 applications for asylum from Chinese citizens this month. State broadcaster NRK reported that they’re all members of China’s persecuted Uighur minority and have arrived in Norway from Turkey. The applications come in addition to a new wave of asylum seekers from Afghanistan that’s also expected to increase. More than […]

Immigration board drops Mustafa appeal

The state commission that reviews immigration cases (UNE) has decided not to appeal a court verdict that it erred in planning to deport a young man who’d been brought to Norway as a small child. Mustafa Hasan, nationally known as simply “Mustafa,” now may be able to remain in Norway, the country in which he […]

Progress leader rides out storm

Few politicians in Norway have been put on the defensive during the recent election campaign more than Sylvi Listhaug, leader of the most conservative party in Parliament, Progress. She has rejected calls to disassociate her party from the most radical right-wing rhetoric in Norway, and lost voters in the process, only to see some return […]

Afghan evacuees swiftly resettled

Fully 676 of the 860 Afghans flown under chaotic conditions to Norway last week have already been granted status as refugees, and 243 have been sent to new homes in 30 different Norwegian towns and cities. Several hundred more who worked for Norwegian forces in Afghanistan over the past 20 years, however, couldn’t be evacuated […]

Bombing in Kabul halts evacuations

UPDATED: Norway’s military field hospital inside the airport in Kabul was still operating and busy on Friday, after bomb blasts in and around the Afghan capital’s airport area Thursday afternoon. All Norwegian government personnel still in Afghanistan were accounted for, according to Lt Col Ivar Moen at the Norwegian military’s operative headquarters, but evacuation efforts had […]

Police and special forces sent to Kabul

Norwegian police and members of the military’s special forces have been sent back to Afghanistan, while Norway’s military field hospital in Kabul has to be shut down. The goal is to provide reinforcements and speed work underway to evacuate both Norwegian- and foreign citizens by the Taliban’s deadline of August 31. “It’s extremely demanding there,” […]

Bitter end to being ‘a good NATO ally’

NEWS ANALYSIS: As more flights land in Oslo with evacuees from Afghanistan, there’s no end to the soul-searching over Norway’s involvement in the war-torn country over the past 20 years. Calls have gone out for a new evaluation of the Afghan mission, even after a Norwegian government-appointed commission concluded five years ago that Norway didn’t […]

Evacuees arriving from Afghanistan

UPDATED: The first flights to evacuate both Norwegian and Afghan citizens from Kabul have arrived in Oslo, but hundreds if not thousands more people fleeing the country are expected. Chaos after the withdrawal of NATO allies is complicating the evacuation process, while uncertainty prevails over how many Afghan refugees Norway will be willing to take […]