Deported refugee family returns

Four members of a refugee family who were controversially deported during the weekend were on their way back to Norway Tuesday. The mother of the family was returned already on Sunday, for health reasons, and then Afghan authorities refused to accept her three children. That came as a huge relief to their Norwegian supporters in […]

Ex-minister denies exploiting refugees

One of the most sensational trials regarding alleged abuse of power in Norway got underway in the Nord-Troms County Court on Tuesday. Former government minister and county governor Svein Ludvigsen pleaded not guilty to charges he misused his powerful political positions to obtain sexual favours from young male asylum seekers. The arrest, subsequent charges and […]

Young bomber deported

A 19-year-old Russian citizen convicted of carrying a home-made bomb into Oslo’s Grønland district two years ago has been deported. TV2 reported that a flight took off from OSL Gardermoen during the weekend with the former asylum seeker on board. The teenager created quite a stir when police cordoned off a large area and arrested […]

Solberg struggles with IS dilemma

Prime Minister Erna Solberg faces yet another thorny political dilemma involving Norwegian women who joined the brutal Islamic State (IS) terror group, had children with IS terrorists and now languish in squalid refugee camps in Syria and Iraq. Solberg’s own government is split over whether Norwegian taxpayers should bring both the women and their children […]

Saudis linked to threat against refugee

Norwegian security officials have warned an Arab refugee living in Norway that he may be in danger, reports the British newspaper The Guardian. The Norwegian officials are said to have spirited writer Iyad el-Baghdadi, who’s been a vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to a secure location after being alerted to the […]

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 […]

Mullah Krekar appears in brown cheese

The annual and often controversial autumn art exhibition known as Høstutstilling has opened in Oslo again, where one piece of art is grabbing particular attention. It’s a bust of Norway’s most troublesome refugee, Mullah Krekar, sculpted from a block of brown goat cheese. Artist Ole Johan Aandal, age 58, claims his sculpture is meant to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Debate flies over low asylum figures

Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug was predictably delighted by confirmation of the lowest numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Norway since 1995. Others claimed a wealthy country like Norway has no reason to be proud that it’s not offering refuge to many more people who need it. “We haven’t seen more people forced to flee […]