The Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Inclusion has revealed that nearly 33,000 Ukrainian refugees found shelter and support last year in various communities across Norway, marking a significant peak in refugee resettlement in a single year.
In the face of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, Norwegian authorities have shown unwavering dedication. Over the past two years, they have welcomed and integrated 65,000 new residents. They are asking municipalities to continue this effort by welcoming and resettling an additional 37,000 refugees by 2024.
In this regard, the Minister of Employment and Inclusion, Tonje Brenna, emphasized Norway’s steadfast commitment to standing by the Ukrainian people. Reflecting on the painful reality of Russia’s relentless aggression against Ukraine for almost two years, Minister Brenna underlined the country’s commitment to support the victims of this brutal conflict.
During the fall season, the government responded proactively to address the growing number of arrivals by implementing measures to manage the flow. Authorities remain dynamically engaged, constantly evaluating and considering adaptations to ensure an effective and sustainable response.
The government has taken a strategic step to expedite the integration of Ukrainian refugees into the Norwegian workforce. They proposed a change in the introduction program, making it more job-oriented, which is expected to speed up the employment process for these refugees.
Moreover, a significant allocation of NOK 30 million from the state budget 2024 has been earmarked to create a national Norwegian digital education offer, demonstrating the commitment to empowering and equipping refugees with essential language skills.
Among the 29,000 Ukrainians who settled in Norway in 2023, a significant portion had temporary collective protection status. Over the past two years, the country has successfully integrated around 65,000 refugees.
The geographical distribution of settlements reveals that for the second year in a row, Viken and Vestland counties led in absolute numbers, while Nordland and Møre og Romsdal topped the list when considering settlements concerning population.
Despite being the primary urban centre, Oslo ranked lowest in the total number of settlements and proportions. The Minister of Employment and Inclusion acknowledged the crucial role that large cities play in accommodating large numbers of refugees while commending smaller municipalities such as Utsira, Namsskogan, Røyrvik, and Modalen for their outstanding efforts in accommodating residents to their population size.
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