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 […]

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 […]

Au pair abusers can be banned

Among new laws and regulations taking effect in Norway from July 1st is a measure aimed at protecting au pair from exploitation and abuse. Families found to have used their au pair merely as overworked and underpaid domestic help, for example, can be banned from ever taking in au pair again. News bureau NTB reported this […]

Norway comes to grips with racism

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of demonstrations, news stories, and personal accounts of discrimination, Norwegians are coming to grips with racism in their otherwise egalitarian society. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, criticized for initial silence over police brutality in the US against George Floyd, has been speaking out again, too. “After the police violence that led to […]

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 […]