If the proposal by children and equity minister Solveig Horne is approved, Norway will tighten right to child benefit for those living abroad for over three months. Today this period is set to six months.
Horne believes there is a problem that school children who are far from the country for extended periods lose connection with their Norwegian environment.
– Parents are free to choose educations for their children and studying abroad can strengthen children’s identity and sense of belonging to their country of origin. But moving from familiar surroundings and return to the classroom in Norway can be problematic. This is especially true for children whose first language is Norwegian. I think it’s unfortunate, primarily for the integration of students in Norwegian schools, says Horne to NTB.