Mustafa case lands in court

A teenager who’s spent most of his life in Norway was in court this week, fighting for the right to remain in the country where he’s grown up since the age of six. Immigration officials, meanwhile, are trying to deport him on the grounds his mother won asylum for her family 13 years ago on […]

Government halts expat deportations

The Norwegian government, under pressure from EU authorities and legal experts, is reversing controversial new rules that have restricted entry of people arriving from Great Britain and prevented thousands of expatriates who’ve been living and working in Norway from re-entering the country. The rules have caused distress and financial hardship for at least 2,100 citizens […]

Expat rejections hit 2,100

The number of foreign citizens who thought they had legal residence in Norway but recently have been turned away at the border has soared to 2,100 just in the past few weeks. They’re all victims of how the Norwegian government suddenly changed its legal definition of residence in connection with Corona-related border control issues. The […]

Expats turned away at Norway’s border

Residency rules for non-citizens in Norway have been tightened dramatically during the past few months of the Corona crisis, as a means of halting imported infection. That’s left some foreign citizens locked out upon return from abroad even though they have homes, jobs and family in Norway. The new Corona regulations have turned the legal […]

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 […]