Change of practice opens up for more immigrants to settle in Norway

People in reception centres with restricted permission can now settle within a local authority. This applies mainly to those without sufficient proof of identity.

Today many people living in asylum reception centres have made their identity probable, but have for various reasons not obtained enough proof. These people can renew their residence permit every year, but they cannot settle within a local authority. This means that they are stuck in reception centres, sometimes for several years. Among these, about 80 percent are families with children.

- It is unacceptable that people are living on hold for an indefinite time in the asylum centre once they have obtained a residence permit and can stay in Norway. I am particularly concerned for the many children, says the Minister for Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Inga Marta Thorkildsen.

In recent years, about 1,000 people have been granted residence in Norway, but not the right to settle within a local authority. More than 300 in this group are children. These people have been given a temporary permit in anticipation of them being able to prove their identity. The permit must be renewed annually. This group will now be able to settle after the permit has been renewed once.

  - Local Authorities receive integration funds for those people who settle. In addition, we have started a project to give this group the right to participate in the introduction programme to learn Norwegian, says Thorkildsen.

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