While asylum applications are decreasing in Norway, the number of deportations is rising. Since 2012, when amendments to the Immigration Act were introduced extending the list of grounds for detention, detention has increasingly been used in order to make return policies more efficient. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of people placed in detention nearly doubled. Norway also continues to operate its sole detention centre in a militarised fashion.
Annually Norway sends a report to the OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The report Immigration and Integration 2016–2017 – Report for Norway is a contribution to the reporting system on migration for the OECD countries.
The most recent report covers 2016 and to some extent 2017. It was prepared during the autumn of 2017 by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Children and Equality, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Norway - IOM, in partnership with the Norwegian Institute for Public Health (NIPH), this week organized a series of trainings designed help to improve migrant mental health and psychosocial well-being in Norway.
The week-long series of seminars, workshops and trainings was geared towards improving the knowledge and skills of members of the Norwegian NGO community, academics and professionals working with vulnerable groups, including migrants.
While research and policy has increasingly focused on women’s peacebuilding roles in conflictaffected countries, less attention has been paid to the roles of refugee women in diaspora groups as peacebuilding actors in their countries of origin. Using the case of the Myanmar diaspora in Norway, this policy brief illustrates how women in diaspora can contribute to their countries of origin through transnational engagements.
'The many large-scale, protracted humanitarian crises in the world today have created a tremendous need for emergency aid. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund ensures that aid can quickly reach those who need it when acute crises arise, and provides sorely needed funding for underfunded emergencies. Norway is therefore providing NOK 380 million for this Fund in 2017,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
As a strong swimmer in a nation of mainly nomadic camel herders, Abdullahi Yusuf Jibril was always a little different. But today, as a Somali refugee in Norway, he is really making a splash.
The 26-year-old first arrived in Grimstad, a small town on Norway's south-west coast, back in 2013. After taking a course at the local swimming pool, he qualified as an instructor and now teaches other refugees how to swim.
Fast-Track Returns Put Refugees at Risk
(Moscow) – Norway should stop using fast-track procedures to return asylum seekers to Russia based on the presumption that it is a safe country of asylum for them, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian and Norwegian authorities plan to meet on February 3, 2016, to come to an agreement about which migrants and asylum seekers, if any, may be immediately returned to Russia.
‘2015 has been a dramatic year. Now, as the year draws to a close, we want the remainder of our humanitarian funding to be used in some of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, including the refugee crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
'We are facing the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Current estimates indicate that at least 33 000 asylum seekers and refugees will seek protection in Norway in 2016. If these estimates are correct, three times as many people will seek protection in Norway in 2016 as in 2014. The Government is proposing an increase in the aid budget for 2016 of NOK 1.2 billion,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The proposed aid budget for 2016 is thus NOK 34.8 billion, which is over 1 % of Norway's gross national income (GNI).
By ANDREW HIGGINSOCT. 9, 2015
STORSKOG, Norway — Pelted by hailstones and buffeted by an icy wind, Yasir Arslanuk, a 55-year-old Syrian engineer, his wife and two young sons wobbled across the border from Russia into Norway astride bicycles last week, the latest migrants to complete an improbable new route to Europe.
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After fleeing Afghanistan, the Hashemi family thought they had found a safe haven in Norway – until the centre-right government deported them
In autumn last year, life was finally improving for Nadereh Hashemi. After spending all her adult years on the run from her family in Afghanistan – she lived in Iran for 10 years before making an arduous escape to Europe – Nadereh and her husband, Ahmad, finally found something resembling a stable life in Europe.
Javier Fabra-Mata, 30 January 2014
Over the past twenty years Norway has established an international reputation as a peace facilitator. The Oslo Accords and Norway’s active involvement in other peace processes in the 1990s provided the basis for constructing a peace narrative around the supposed disinterestedness and uniqueness of the Norwegian approach, which has evolved over the years, with a major move towards the professionalisation of the country’s peace efforts.
“The Government decided today to accept 1 000 Syrian refugees for resettlement to Norway. The war in Syria has led to an acute refugee situation. Syria’s neighbouring countries have taken in close to two million refugees. The capacity of these countries is at breaking point and the UNHCR has appealed to other countries to help,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.
"Well-functioning and accessible health services are crucial for development in poor countries," said Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås. Norway is donating NOK 460 million to the World Health Organization with the aim of promoting better health for all.
Mr Holmås and WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan will sign the agreement during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro.
On 9 July, Africa’s largest country will be divided, and the state of South Sudan will come into being. In recent weeks, there has once again been fighting in the border areas. Norway is now providing an additional NOK 50 million for humanitarian relief in Sudan.
Over the past month, nearly 200 000 people have been forced to flee, and an unknown number have been killed.
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UN Foundation Board Points to Innovation and Partnership as Keys to Solving Global Problems
Board Meeting in Norway Focuses on New Ways to Help the UN Improve Livelihoods in Africa, Bolster Women’s and Children’s Health, and Combat Climate Change
“This agreement reflects Norway’s strong focus on human rights in our foreign policy,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
Foreign Minister Støre and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay signed an agreement today on a financial contribution totalling NOK 180 million in support of the OHCHR’s activities in the period 2011–2013. NOK 3 million of these funds is earmarked for the OHCHR’s efforts to improve the human rights situation in North Africa. This is the first time Norway has concluded a multi-year agreement with the Office of the OHCHR.
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