Racism raises its ugly head

Norwegian media has been full of several cases lately of what many call blatant racism against politicians. One case even involved offensive statements made by a former member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “It’s a bit special that immigrants are steadily leading the 17th of May Committee,” Inger-Marie Ytterhorn wrote on social media earlier this […]

Bestseller bound to break boundaries

Zeshan Shakar grew up in Oslo’s Stovner district and wrote a book about it that’s been winning rave reviews. Now his revealing story about two boys caught between their immigrant parents’ hopes and limitations, compounded by their own choices in the Norwegian capital, is about to be translated into English and just may strike a […]

Solberg and May settle citizens’ rights

Nothing is certain regarding post-Brexit trade deals, but the prime ministers of Norway and Great Britain could set aside concerns about at least one consequence of Brexit: Norwegians and British citizen will, they agreed, retain their residence and working rights in each others’ countries. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg promised British Prime Minister Theresa May […]

Budgeted refugees ‘not nearly enough’

Several humanitarian organizations don’t think Norway’s conservative government has budgeted for nearly enough refugees next year. They want Norway to accept, and finance, far more than the 3,000 proposed in the state budget. The 3,000 so-called kvote-flyktninger (refugees certified and sent to various countries by the United Nations) is more than the 2,120 taken in by […]

Asylum murder suspect held in custody

An 18-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan, charged with murdering two other young asylum seekers in Trondheim earlier this week, has been ordered held in police custody while also recovering from a gunshot wound sustained while police were trying to arrest him. A fourth young Afghan man who was seriously injured in the attacks, has been […]

Labour launches new offensives

Norway’s embattled Labour Party was back on top as the country’s largest political party this week, according to the latest public opinion poll. Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre is emboldened by the upswing, launching what the party itself claims are new initiatives regarding immigration and workplace issues meant to win back core working class voters. […]

Asylum murders shock Trondheim

UPDATED: Two young asylum seekers were murdered and a third badly injured in a case of extreme violence that was unfolding in Trondheim on Tuesday. Police have charged a fourth young asylum seeker with the double homicide that’s left local authorities shocked and baffled. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday morning that two city employees in […]

Critics bash treatment of Somalian refugees

The Norwegian government has determined that Somalia is now safe and instructed immigration officials to deport Somalian refugees who no longer need protection. That’s set off a wave of criticism and complaints from refugee advocates who strongly disagree. Around 1,600 Somalian refugees who lack permanent residence status are the most vulnerable to deportation, and have […]

Dual citizenship still a few years away

Norway’s conservative coalition government has decided to send a proposal to Parliament that would finally allow dual citizenship on a formal basis. It still may take a few years, however, until the application process is in place. Many foreigners living in Norway and abroad currently have dual citizenship, but they’ve won it as an exception […]

Absent children worry schools

Increasing numbers of children are failing to turn up on the first day of school in Oslo, and both school officials and city administrators are worried. In several cases, they’ve had to resort to reporting the children’s parents to police, for hindering their own daughter’s or son’s education. “On Monday we’ll be dropping four children […]