Norway uses approx. NOK 17 billion on integration of immigrants this year

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Overall, immigration to Norway does not pay off has been noted long ago. It is especially the integration of asylum seekers from poor and war-worn countries, which are costly, as well as bringing with it a number of challenges in other areas, such as security and security, and in matters related to cultural values.

Thursday last week, Minister of Knowledge and Integration Jan Tore Sanner (H) told TV2 that the Norwegian state spent 17 billion kroner annually on the integration of our so-called new countrymen.

Resett has been in contact with senior advisor Husejin Ajfer at the Ministry of Education to learn more about how the money is spent. Ajfer says to Resett that most of the grants in the integration area go to the municipalities, mainly as grants per immigrant.

– The municipality receives integration grants for each resident. The grant will contribute to rapid settlement and provide a reasonable coverage of the municipalities’ average additional expenses for refugees during the settlement year and the next four years. The grant will, among other things, finance the statutory introduction program, “says Ajfer.

Resett has been sent a simplified overview of how the Ministry of Education allocates integration funding this year, and it can be seen that a total of NOK 11.4 billion is spent on the ordinary integration grant. In addition, there are special grants for single minors, as well as grants for education in Norwegian and social sciences.

– The municipality receives a special grant for the settlement of single minors. The grant will help single minors to settle as quickly as possible in good living and care facilities adapted to the individual child and local conditions. The municipality also receives grants for training in Norwegian and social knowledge for adult immigrants and grants for training in Norwegian and Norwegian culture and Norwegian values ​​for asylum seekers in reception, Ajfer states.

The Resettlement overview has received shows that 2.9 billion goes to the special grants for single minors, and 2 billion is spent on grants for language, community and Norwegian education. In total, therefore, the state uses NOK 16.3 billion on grants to municipalities, which the municipalities receive per refugee.

– The grants to the municipality are funds that the municipality receives per person. For example, the municipality receives integration grants of approximately 750,000 kroner over 5 years for an adult refugee in a family. The size of the grants is therefore dependent on how many people are in the target groups of the different schemes. When the number of people to be settled or qualified goes down, then the appropriations on the posts also go down, says senior adviser Ajfer.

In addition, about 200 million go to the municipalities’ work, including qualifying refugees and area initiatives. 120 million are mainly used for grants to immigrant organizations and other volunteers. 430 million are run by the Directorate for Integration and Diversity, Competence Norway, Research and Development, Interpreting and ICT Development.

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