Record Immigrant Growth in Norway

Taking the Norwegian-born children of immigrants, the number is 710 400 -14 percent of the total population. The number of people in this entire group of immigrant grew by 55 300 people last year. 

The group who were Norwegian-born to immigrant parents increased by 8,700 people last year – 17 percent of all births in Norway. 

East Europeans are Largest Group

Poles are the largest immigrant group (77 000), followed by Swedes (35 600) and Lithuanians (28, 000). In the overview of how Norwegian-born children of immigrants are distributed, Pakistanis, Somalis and Vietnamese lead with respectively 15 200, 9100 and 8000 people. 

Labour Party immigration and integration policy spokeswoman Lise Christoffersen is not concerned about the new figures. 

– I note that labor migration increases from European countries as a result of EEA agreement and our deliberate immigration policy. Although the number of immigrants increases, there is no reason to dramatize this, Christoffersen says to Dagbladet. 

30 percent of Oslo

Oslo’s eastern and southern districts stand out as areas in the country with the largest immigrant share, up to 50 percent. In the capital as a whole, immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents represent 30 percent of the population. 

Christoffersen notes that that Norway succeeded in integration better than many other countries. 

Immigrants in Norway have backgrounds from 220 different countries and territories. Forecasts of SSB presented last year proposed that immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrants will account for almost half of the population of Oslo in 2040. 

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