• Migrants In Norway Claim Over Half Of The Country's Total Welfare Benefits

    Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie has raised alarm bells after a report has revealed that migrants account for half of the welfare beneficiaries in the country.

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    The report, which comes from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), claims that not only are a disproportionate number of migrants receiving welfare, but many are living below the poverty line. Minister Hauglie has warned that the poor migrants could be forming an underclass in Norwegian society, Verdens Gang reports.

    “The report confirms that one of the main causes of poverty in Norway is immigration. 28.5 per cent of immigrants live in sustained low income,” Hauglie said.

    “It’s alarming. The worst thing that can happen is that immigrants and refugees become their own subclass in Norwegian society,” she added.

    From 2011 to 2015, the poverty rate in Norway has increased from 7.7 per cent to 9.3 per cent. Immigrants, though they only make up 16.8 per cent of the total population, account for 28.5 per cent of all people considered to be in poverty in the country.

    “To reduce poverty in Norway, more immigrants have to work,” Hauglie said. “Without language, it is difficult to get in the Norwegian labour market,” she added and recommended that more emphasis is put on having migrants learn Norwegian and not put them in jobs where they do not have frequent contact with native speakers.

    Neighbouring Sweden has also been dealing with similar statistics when it comes to newly arrived migrants being unable or unwilling to enter the labour market.

    Employment figures from earlier this year showed that the unemployment rate for native Swedes was a mere 3.9 per cent while the immigrant rate was 21.8 per cent.

    Language has been cited as a major factor for the high migrant unemployment rate in Sweden as well as poor qualifications and schooling backgrounds.

    Despite attempting to give migrants free courses to improve their education, the Swedish Employment Service noted in July that only three per cent of migrants showed any interest in attending schooling or work training. Source

  • The Norway model: a new approach to immigration and asylum

    While Angela Merkel tries to form a government, reeling from the political fallout of her immigration policy, Norway’s Conservative-led coalition entered its second term – and is pursuing a very different approach to migration than its neighbour, Sweden.

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    Last week I met Sylvi Listhaug, who holds a recently-created position: Minister for Immigration & Integration. She’s with the Progress Party, the junior partner in coalition, and is usually called things like ‘outspoken’ and ‘controversial’ and I was keen when we met to find out what kind of radical views she holds. At the end of the interview, I was left wondering if her analysis is actually further-sighted and more morally defensible than the Merkel approach.

    Norway’s approach has been different from the offset. When Sweden accepted 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, the Norwegians took in 30,000 – and this year, so far, it’s 2,000. In her interview, she outlined the following elements of the Norwegian model.

    1) Norway starts by acknowledging that the rich world has a moral duty to help refugees, but it goes further. The tougher moral question, it says, is: how do you help them? And if you can help far more refugees in camps abroad for the cost of helping one at home, what do you do? Britain is also thinking this way, although it tends to be less open about discussing it. Ms Listhaug had just met Brandon Lewis, her British counterpart, when I spoke to her. She explained that the UK could help 100,000 children abroad for the cost of helping 3,000 here. In which case, isn’t the moral duty of a government to help the many and not the few?

    2). Norway spends huge sums (1% of its GDP) on foreign aid. Last year it was 36.6 billion kroner (about £3 billion) or 1.1 per cent of our GDP. This is about twice the EU average, and far above the UK’s 0.7 per cent (or Germany’s 0.5pc). In Syria, Norway has pledged a total of 10 billion kroner (£920m) over four years. Of course, Norway has a billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund at its disposal.

    3) Norway uses its foreign aid budget to help settle refugees in Norway. Helping refugees at home is a humanitarian mission, albeit one carried at home, so it is categorised as foreign aid. The UK cannot do this as David Cameron passed a law obliging his (and future) governments only to count money spent in certain nations (as opposed to on certain people). Norway has used its flexibility to have a two-track approach to handling refugees.

    4) Norway turns away all immigrants who are not in need of protection. “If you are an economic migrant, you are declined in Norway. We give protection for the ones that need that, that are in danger in their own country but we also spend a lot of money to return people that are declined in Norway, also by force’. Police are sent to look for illegal immigrants in restaurants and other places ‘where black [market] labour is common… if we find them we will send them out. That has also decreased the crime in Norway, that’s very good'” Read More

  • Norway Tells Muslim Migrants - No Free Ride - 'You WILL Work And You WILL Serve Pork And Alcohol'

    The Norwegian Prime Minister demanded that it is not a “complex issue” for migrants arriving in her country – they must “work to sustain a living” and “cannot say no to jobs like working in a restaurant where they serve pork or alcohol” for religious reasons.

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    Ema Solberg said while her country is happy to accept migrants they must not expect that Norway will pay them any benefits if are refuse work.

    have and successfully challenged  migrant quotas, which enabled them to maintain the regular border checks that were introduced at the beginning of this year, and designed to limit the flow of irregular migrants.

    “You have to work to sustain a living, you cannot say no to jobs like working in a restaurant where they will serve pork or alcohol.

     

    “You cannot expect that the Norwegian society will pay you benefits if you are refusing to work for religious reasons.

    See Also: The Norway model: a new approach to immigration and asylum

    EU law states that member states can only bring in emergency frontier controls for an initial period of two months, which can be extended to a maximum of six months in extreme circumstances. 

    Speaking on Euronews’ Global Conversation, Ms Solberg said: “It is part of our normal educational system that you are discussing why people are fleeing from countries, what is the convention what is the responsibilities we have, this is all part of the school curriculum in Norway.

    “There is also a clear view that if you move and get refuge, you have to live by Norwegian standards, you can’t come and think you live in your home country when it comes to women’s rights, not to be puzzled if you see two men kiss on the street, because there are gay people in our countries and it is normal, it’s part of our system.”

    Upon being challenged about religious differences between her country and that of arriving migrants, she rebuked: “I do not think it is a complex issue that if you are going to come to country.

    Related: Swedish MP Forced To Resign After 'Muslims Not Fully Human' Comment

  • Norwegian School To Include Readings From The Quran In Christmas Program

    Islamic influence in Norway appears to be growing despite clear and concise statements from the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration appearing to defend Norwegian values and traditions.

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    So how a state funded school can take it upon itself to dilute traditional Christian values and include in it's Christmas celebrations verses from the Quran (which has over 109 verses telling Muslims to subjugate or kill non-muslims) is completely contrary to official statements.  

    EFI News contacted the Minister For Immigration Sylvi Listhaug for clarification on this issue but her office have so far declined to make any comment. We found this article in, of all places, Christians In Pakistan Website.

    In Norway, the city of Skien an elementary school has announced that its Christmas celebrations this year will include not only the usual reading of verses from the Bible by students but also two verses from the Quran. All of the verses are about Jesus whom Islam considers a prophet and not the Son of God.

     

    Historically, Norway has been called a Christian country. Majority of the population are members of the Church of Norway with 71.5 percent of the population. The people are officially belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway. The Norwegian official holidays are Christmas, Easter and their National Day.

     

    Even though many Norwegians do not attend church regularly since the country still celebrates its one thousand year old Christian heritage. At Christmas time, the streets are decorated with lights and wreaths. Every home has a Christmas tree, and you can’t turn on the radio without listening to Christmas hymns.

     

    Since Christmas is not an Islamic festival and holy day, this misleading innovation will guide the whole generation of Norwegian children grow up thinking that Allah and the Quran have something to do with Christmas.

     

    When the school’s spokesperson was interviewed by the newspaper, he explained the reason for including the Quran verses. He said that “to create respect and understanding between different religions” Quran verses are added.

     

    But critics say that how the two Quran verses in a Christmas program would serve to increase any child’s awareness of the extensive theological differences between Christianity and Islam.

    Hanne Tolg, the blogger who broke the story herself noted that inserting Quran verses into a Christmas event will do nothing but cause misunderstanding.

     

    In a commentary for the Gatestone Institute (think tank that publishes articles, particularly relevant to Islam and the Middle East), Bruce Bower (American writer who has been a resident of Norway) warned, “the school’s Christmas plans provide yet another example of dhimmitude: craven European submission to Islam.”

    See Also:

    Norway Tells Muslim Migrants - No Free Ride - 'You WILL Work And You WILL Serve Pork And Alcohol'

    The Norway model: a new approach to immigration and asylum