Syrian asylum seekers finally allowed in

Seven families with small children who fled war in Syria but have since been languishing in refugee camps in Greece were finally brought to Norway this week. They were quickly taken to the national asylum center in Råde, where their new lives in Norway will begin. Calls have gone out for years to help more […]

Commuters return despite third wave

A sudden sharp rise in Corona infection, not least among workers at some construction sites in Oslo, is prompting Norwegian health officials to brace for a third wave of the virus. The government nonetheless intends to open borders to those living in Sweden or Finland and needing to commute daily to jobs in Norway. After […]

Moria refugees’ arrival delayed

A total of 50 refugees that Norway has promised to take in from the fire-ravaged Moria camp in Greece won’t be arriving until March. An outbreak of illness unrelated to Corona at their transit camp has delayed their departure, reported newspaper Vårt Land. The Norwegian government, acting only after intense political pressure, finally agreed last […]

Corona cuts into population growth

Immigration to Norway fell 27 percent last year, a decline the state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) has branded as “historic.” It hasn’t been so low in 17 years, and SSB officials link it firmly to Corona-related restrictions. The sharp drop in immigration during 2020 also contributed to the lowest level of overall population growth […]

Immigrants finally gain more respect

Attitudes towards immigrants and immigration are steadily becoming more positive in Norway, according to a new study by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). More than 70 percent of Norwegians now also think that most immigrants enrich both working and cultural life. Fully 40 percent “strongly agree” that most immigrants make positive contributions to working […]

Citizenship delays frustrate applicants

Permanent foreign residents now eligible for dual citizenship in Norway have become surprised, frustrated and even angry over how difficult and time-consuming the process has turned out to be. Lengthy delays at the state police unit dealing with immigration issues are also dashing applicants’ hopes of being able to vote for the first time in next […]

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 […]

British citizens reminded of new rules

Norway’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has been “reminding” British citizens this summer that they’ll now need to apply for residence permits if they want to live, work or study in Norway after January 1. Those already in Norway will retain their rights to residence, but will still have to apply for it and […]

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 […]