Muslim teacher claims discrimination

A Muslim man who lost his job as a substitute teacher at an Oslo elementary school has filed a discrimination complaint with state authorities. He claims his contract wasn’t renewed on religious grounds, because of his refusal to greet women with a handshake. “Folks think that’s because I look down on women,” the man, who’s […]

Murder shakes a small Arctic city

Police in the far northern Norwegian city of Vadsø are baffled and residents stunned by the murder last weekend of a young Norwegian man, fatally stabbed while on duty at a local grocery store. The assailant is also a young man, one of many who fled Afghanistan and sought refuge in Vadsø three years ago, […]

Solberg defends solidarity with EU

Prime Minister Erna Solberg all but dismisses the prospect that her government coalition with the Progress Party will collapse over disagreement on Norway joining an EU plan for managing asylum seekers and migrants. Solberg claims the Progress Party has already committed itself to the principle of European cooperation on migration, in its agreed government platform […]

More Turkish citizens seek asylum

Immigration officials released figures for the first half of this year showing that more citizens of Turkey are seeking asylum in Norway. They claim they’re being persecuted by Turkish officials who continue to crack down on opposition to the country’s increasingly authoritarian government. Most of those seeking asylum say they’ve been tied to the Gülen […]

‘Positive’ attitudes for more refugees

A majority of Norwegians are not opposed to taking in at least as many refugees as Norway already does, according to a new survey. That’s not many, currently around 2,000 a year, but just 23 percent think Norway should take in fewer. The new survey was conducted by research firm Sentio for newspaper Klassekampen. It […]

Solberg willing to take in EU migrants

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg wants Norway to contribute to a new EU agreement on how the ongoing stream of refugees and migrants to Europe will be handled. The Liberal Party, which is now part of Solberg’s conservative coalition government, thinks Norway should also take in 5,000 refugees registered through the UN, while the government’s […]

Norway faces own child refugee dispute

While Norwegian politicians joined international outrage over the US’ incarceration of illegal immigrant children this week, they were faced with controversy of their own over the custody and forced returns of young rejected refugees from Afghanistan. Reaction has been fast and furious to the Norwegian government’s attempts to send the mostly male teenagers to a […]

Refugees going hungry in Norway

Nearly half of all the refugee residents of asylum centers in Norway are often hungry, while 90 percent also say they lack access to enough food or nutritious food. A study by OsloMet, a state university in Oslo, released the findings on Monday and called them “worrisome.” “In a country like Norway, it’s worrisome that […]

Norwegian language exam cancelled

The written portion of the Norwegian language exam that immigrants much pass in order to secure citizenship was cancelled this week because of technical problems. The cancellation affects 14,000 immigrants who’d been studying hard. “There have been some log-in problems in many parts of the country,” Gørild Steen, rector of the Skullerud Adult Education program […]

Record number became Norwegian citizens

A total of 21,600 people obtained Norwegian citizenship last year, setting a new record by a wide margin. The number of officially new Norwegians was up by nearly 8,000 over 2016. Fully 80 percent (18,200) of those who applied for and received Norwegian citizenship come from countries outside Europe. That’s not so unusual, since residents […]