As a part of the research, a number of people from Turkey, Poland and Somalia have been interviewed on neighborhood preferences.
According to Osloby’s report, friendly neighbors is the first factor in choosing residence areas among the immigrants in Oslo. “Many want neighbors they can say more than just a “hi” in passing. Several say it is harder to get good contact with the neighbors in areas where there is predominance of Norwegians”, says Søholt.
The researcher notes that they like Norwegians in the area, but the immgrants find it easier to get nice neighborhoods in mixed areas. They will not only stay with their own, but are keen to have the opportunity to talk to Norwegians as part of daily life. It is perceived as a good in itself and as a prerequisite for learning Norwegian and social codes, says she.