Too many immigrants outside the labor market

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Integration minister Jan Tore Sanner must improve the introductory program, says Oslo City Council Tone Tellevik Dahl.

All newly arrived refugees are offered to participate in an integration program, whose goal is to learn Norwegian and quickly get out of work or education.

Tone Tellevik Dahl (Labor Party) believes that there are many challenges with today’s integration, and now urges the integration minister to make changes to the introduction program for refugees. The biggest challenge is that many immigrants do not get a job.

She has come up with concrete proposals for changes she has sent to integration minister Jan Tore Sanner. The municipalities need government assistance, Dahl believes.

“I hope Sanner can be positive about the changes, and we will do our best to improve implementation in general. But here we need state aid, so that we and all other municipalities are in a better position to get more into work and education, “says the agency.

– Need more time

One of the proposals for the agencies is to enable the refugees who need it to extend the introduction program to four years. Dahl says that many who come to Norway have little education, which presents challenges. These need more follow-up than others.

The Ministry of Education reports that 70 per cent of those who have come to Norway as refugees have only completed primary school or have no education in recent years.

“The challenge is that refugees who would have been very successful in four years’ races are those we find today in various measures at NAV, and who like to receive social assistance because they have not come to work,” says Dahl.

She means the money they already spend on refugees, in such cases being used in the wrong way. According to the agencies, this is a bad economy.

“Because the society was a bit too” gnawing “at the outset, we have to spend a lot to fix it later.

Big unemployment

After the refugees have participated in the integration program, one of the goals is to get them out of work or education. According to Dahl, a major problem is the unemployment of today.

Figures from the Oslo municipality show that in 2017, 54 per cent of refugees who completed the program in the municipality went to work or education.

The Ministry of Education also admits that there are some challenges with integration.

“Norway has worked well with integration compared with other European countries, but we still have a number of challenges. Many immigrants are out of work and are living in poverty, partly because they lack formal competence, State Secretary Rikke Høistad Sjøberg believes in the Ministry of Education.

Today’s working life, which still demands higher competence requirements, makes immigrants vulnerable to the labor market, according to Sjøberg.

Big differences

Sjøberg admits that there are too big differences between how the introductory program and Norwegian education work in different municipalities.

She believes that they must be better off giving children and young people who come to the country good and adapted education so they get a good education. In addition, she believes that adult immigrants must receive real and formal qualifications for working life.

There are also large variations in the results between the districts in Oslo. In 2017 in the district of Alna, 19 percent of those who completed the program went out of work. In Old Oslo, on the other hand, 65 percent were employed, figures from Oslo Municipality show.

“Equal services in all parts of the city are important to me,” says Dahl, working on a standard that will contribute to it.

Russia against the West with new weapons

Monday 9 July 2018


WRONG PLACE: Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin poses in front of sign at the airport in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. A provocation, the Norwegian authorities said. For Rogozin was unwanted in Norway after violations of international law in Ukraine. Photo: Twitter screenshot

 

Monday, January 8, 2018, Health South-East was notified of ongoing abnormal activity against computer systems throughout the region. The warning came from hospital partners who are responsible for ICT operations in the healthcare company.

The way in which the burglary was made indicated that the players were very advanced and professional. PST suspects that the attack on computer systems in Health South East is done by another state.

“We know too little about what kind of attack it is talking about and what method of intrusion used,” says Russia Expert Øystein Bogen to the magazine Vi Menn.

In February he came out with his new book “Russia’s secret war against the West”. In the book, cybercrime is one of the main themes.

“But it will not surprise me if there are Russian hackers behind. If it is the intelligence service GRU’s hackers who have done this, the Russian hybrid attacks against Norway have reached a whole new level, “said the TV 2 journalist.

Constant hybrid war

At least 20 European countries, including Norway, have been exposed to hidden Russian attempts to influence politicians’ decisions and the attitudes of the people.

With spies, state-owned hackers, organized criminals, billions of oil dollars and ice-cold cynicism, Putin is trying to break alliances and create turmoil in western countries.

– This is a hybrid war, claims Øystein Bogen.

According to Russian thinking, there is no longer any fundamental difference between war and peace. The measures (see box) should therefore be used against the country’s potential enemies constantly.

Russian scientist Tor Bukkvoll at the Norwegian Defense Research Institute agrees:

“This idea that the distinction between peace and war is gone has been around for some years,” he said.

“But we must say that the Russians believe it is the West who has wiped out the distinction. In their eyes, Western support for the people of the Middle East and Eastern Europe is warfare, “continues Bukkvoll.

He also points out that there is a danger of interpreting all Russia as hybrid warfare.

We have a shared responsibility for small ones to have a nice summer

Sunday, July 8, 2018


“I’m going to the Maldives this summer and riding, what are you going to do?” Economic differences are evident in the summer weeks and it can go extra hard beyond the little ones.

Before school ends, the children talk about what to do in the summer, and then it’s hard to be the child who “just” should be home. In one of the world’s richest countries, it is tabooed to say that your family can not afford to send you on expensive summer activities or travel abroad.

Tough for low-income families

It is not only the children who feel on a holiday press, this is also on the parents. In a survey conducted for the bank DNB, it appears that Norwegian families with children feel a pressure to leave during the summer vacation so the children will have something to tell their friends.

Of the respondents, 36 percent of the parents say that they feel at such pressure, the percentage is greatest among those with low income. Here, there are plenty more parents who go a long way to prevent the kids from feeling outside. Then it’s quick to spend more than you really have on the summer vacation.

The perfect summer in social media

The pressure both the young and the parents feel are increasing enough with the digital everyday life we ​​live in. Social media opens for the differences to become larger and more visible. Now you can compare yourself with others around you, both you know and do not know. This influence is huge.

We see that friends and celebrities are on expensive holidays or send their children to summer camps that cost a lot.

In extreme consequence, the pressure can cause you to make insolent choices, such as taking up consumer loans or taking your vacation on credit with money you do not have. I have met several participants in the TV show  “Luxury trap” who have had serious payment problems in the pursuit of being “all” others.

You can help to reduce the pressure

We can all contribute in one way or another to lessen the holiday press for those who do not have much. Even small things can make a difference.

If you are a teacher, I recommend you to drop the style of what has been done this summer, arrange collective gathering for school trips and talk about social differences in parenting meetings.

For example, if you are a resourceful parent, you can offer yourself a classmate of your child during the vacation trip. This will be very much appreciated. It is also important that we talk to our children that not everyone has the same amount. Teach your child good values ​​and to be kind and understanding above others. Perhaps you do not have to post typical boasting pictures in social media?

US Marines move into Troms when the Brigade goes on exercise

Saturday 7 July 2013

US Navy US soldiers will be landed in northern Norway this fall when Brigade North goes to southern Norway and participates in the major NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2018.

The Armed Forces’ leadership confirms to VG that US Marines will practice in northern Norway this autumn and that Americans will be at the same time as 35-40,000 soldiers from NATO countries and partner countries in southern Norway.

But Colonel Sven Halvorsen, Defense Chief Press Officer, rejects the US Department’s decision to weaken the lack of Norwegian ground forces in Northern Norway.

“There is no link there,” Halvorsen told VG.

“This is not part of the exercise Trident Juncture 2018. However, the opportunity is being used when US Marines come across the Atlantic with materials, personnel and vessels to train in northern Norway,” he adds.

Collaborates with Army and National Guard (HV)

Soldiers from the army and HV will provide host country support to the Americans in northern Norway, and they will act as opponents in exercises.

According to the newspaper VG’s information, the force of the US Navy Corps will undertake a landing exercise in Ofotfjorden and head to Indre Troms, where they will train in the Brigade shooting range while large parts of Brigade Nord are on NATO exercise in southern Norway.

Soldiers from 30 countries participate in the NATO exercise Trident Juncture in Southeastern and Mid-Norway until the fall when the alliance is going to train to defend Norway.

The main part of the exercise will take place between 25 October and 7 November.

Can not replace own soldiers

Three weeks ago, the government gave green light that US Marines could double their strength in Norway, up to 700 soldiers, on rotating training. Parts of this force will be established in the abandoned artillery camp at Setermoen in Troms, as well as the existing base on Værnes outside Trondheim.

But the opposition at the Storting responded that the Brigad’s 2-battalion should be wound up as standing department, while at the same time increasing its presence in Indre Troms:

“We can not replace the deployment of our own forces and then fill up with US troops,” said Marit Arnstad, Center Party’s parliamentary leader, to VG in June.

While the Armed Forces officially rejects this link when large parts of the Brigade are conducting a multi-week practice, other sources of defense say that it is not unnatural to have military preparedness in Northern Norway when Army’s standing camps are elsewhere in the country.

Good defense policy

Anders Romarheim, researcher at the Department of Defense Studies, says to VG that there is a good defense policy to strengthen the military ties between Norway and the United States when political ties are weakened by President Donald Trump.

“Having US Marines on rotating training in Northern Norway is both symbolic and deterrent. They may not be able to perform miracles in an emergency or attack. But if someone goes to an attack on American soldiers, the alarm will be red-hot in Washington, “said Romarheim.

The IFS scientist says it is a paradox that many of those who criticize American presence in Norway also believe that Norway has a small army.

“There are some unrealistic ideas about what Norwegian land power can accomplish in a given situation. We are totally dependent on allied support, and far beyond self-help in an armed conflict. Hitting close ties to the US defense is therefore smart for several reasons, including because the Pentagon will last long after President Trump is out, “said Romarheim.

PS: Brigade Nord was also in southern Norway during exercise Vestland in 2013, and exercise Cold Response in 2016.

John Oliver ridiculed Norwegian 7-Eleven advertising

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Critical reviewed on popular program.

7-Eleven raised a lot of attention last week when they brought a condom advertisement aimed at tourists in Norway.

The kiosk chain makes a big point because many Norwegians have sexually transmitted chlamydia. They call Norway “land of chlamydia” or the Klamydia country, and encourage tourists to “protect themselves from the local” by purchasing condoms at 7-Eleven.

It has caught the attention of one of the world’s leading TV comedians, British John Oliver.

He gave the advertisement a special feature in his very popular weekly humor talk show, Last Week Tonight, at American HBO.

The advertisement is shown to great laughter from the audience in the hall.

– Holy shit, Oliver exclaims after the advertisement, stating that 7-Eleven can be sued by the cities of Las Vegas and Tampa, as well as the “wave pool at all water parks” for the use of the name “Land of Chlamydia.”

Shot on the island Utøya and now on social security benefits

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Was promised more money by the minister, Nav says no

Cecilie Herlofsen (23) was deprived of NAV or Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration support. Then the minister promised her an income she could live off. Then Cecilie was told she could not get more money anyway.

After Cecilie Herlofsen was shot three times and almost killed on Utøya, she has received a job clearance fee from NAV. In spring, however, this support ended, because the government has introduced a new and stricter regulatory framework.

Now she goes to social assistance bemefits and receives 10,000 kroner a month.

– This will cover all expenses. Power, telephone and rent to name a few. Then there are not many thousands of kroner left for food, says Elin Haga, the mother of Cecilie.
Promised an income to live off

After TV 2 first mentioned Cecilie’s situation, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Anniken Hauglie (H) was directly in the news release on June 24th. Then she said the following about the 23-year-old’s situation:

“When Cecilie is ready, she will be able to get a work-related initiative that will also give her a living income and give her an income to live off.

But after a new meeting with NAV, Cecilie is far from what she believes is “an income to live off”.

“Measures were the plan all the time, but I get nothing more with measures than with social assistance.

Still 10,000 kroner a month

On measures, Cecilie receives NOK 375 for each day she meets, and with experience from previous measures, Cecilie does not think she can work more than 50 percent. It will amount to about 4,000 kroner in the cost of the month, which is 6000 kroner less than she receives today.

Therefore, she still has to receive social assistance, but unlike social assistance, no action funds have borrowed money. The debt itself will decrease, but the total monthly payment will remain unchanged at NOK 10,000.

“I do not think Anniken Hauglie thinks that 375 kroner is an income” to live off, “says Cecilie’s mother.

“I could have had an education

Now, Cecilie is going to take action for six months, where the goal is to figure out how much her work capacity is. She has long worn several injuries and ailments after she was hit by several shot on July 22.

“I feel punished because I was on Utøya. Had I not been there I had an education and a job now that would give me an income to live off, says Cecilie.

Right wing Rebukes Justice Minister Wara: – Clearly it is safe to live in Oslo

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Oslo Høyre has, nevertheless, prepared a list of measures against child crime in the capital after Dagbladet’s disclosure.

Last week, Dagbladet wrote that ten children under 15 years account for 187 crimes in the capital, according to figures from the Oslo police.

Among the offenses are rape of a child under 14 years, fire attack, robbery, threats with knife, helmet, car theft and violence against teacher.

Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara called the numbers “desperate reading”, and was aware that Oslo’s streets are not safe. He wants to use more custody of children to cope with crime.

He also claims that Oslo’s streets are not safe:

“No, obviously not,” the Justice Minister replied to direct questions from Dagbladet.

Right wing pepper to Wara

Wara had met counterbreak from Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H). Now the right-wing leadership in Oslo is also on the way to the government camaraderie.

“I think the Minister of Justice is grossly rude when he generalizes about the situation in Oslo. Wara is wrong when he says it’s not safe to go to Oslo’s streets. It is safe to live in Oslo and go on the street in Oslo. It’s unfortunate to give an impression of something else, “says Eirik Lea Solberg (H) to Dagbladet.

– Does not mean Raymond is safe

La Solberg, deputy chairman of Oslo Høyre and former city councils in the capital, believes that City Council leader Raymond Johansen (AP) is wrong in his assessment of the stand in Oslo in Dagbladet.

“Johansen also bumps roughly when he says that” in the big picture, Oslo is just an unsafe city if you’re a member of a gang. ” It’s not true and it seems that Raymond Johansen did not fully understand the situation that makes many youngsters in vulnerable areas safe, “says Lae Solberg, turning the criticism of Frp against the rivalry in Ap:

“When the police say they meet young people who do not dare to go to school, save and experience everyday life as unsafe, then it does not seem that Johansen himself feels very safe in the city streets,” continues Solberg.

The Children’s Ombudsman also criticized Wara for allegations of more use of custody against the criminal children.

Measures against violence

Eirik Lae Solberg says Oslo Høyre has a long list of relevant measures Raymond Johansen should listen to:

1. An aid scheme that would allow children from low-income families to participate in sports and other recreational activities.
2.
Increased support for the leisure clubs so they can stay up every day of the week.
3.
Enrollment team that can be admitted to high schools and youth schools with extra challenges with violence and drug sales
4,
Support for sports teams in vulnerable areas so that they can provide sports and physical education services to more.

“We also want an eleventh school year for students who do not have enough academic background to begin high school,” says Lae Solberg.

Consideration for the Left must have delayed police armed forces

Wednesday 4 July 2018

The hope that the Left would enter the government should have been a major reason why the Oslo police were not allowed to arm police patrols in Oslo downtown last fall, VG informed.

The left has been an avid opponent of armed police.

VG reported earlier Tuesday that nine months passed from police chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold in Oslo police district called for three months’ patrol patrols, and until he received permission from Attorney General Tor Mikkel Wara (Frp) on 14 June this year.

The case landed on the table of then Attorney General Per Willy Amundsen (Frp) already in November last year.

Unclear case

At that time, the government parties left the Right and the Frp and waited for the Left to clarify its position: whether the party would negotiate a seat in the government, or continue in opposition.

A centrally located source now says that a number of issues remained unclear in the government, not to offend the Left while considering whether they should go government or not.

The question of arming police patrols in downtown Oslo should have been considered as such a problem, because of Venster’s strong opposition to general armed forces.

During the government talks on Jeløy, the Left was obstructed by general armed forces, but had to accept point arming, among other things at Gardermoen.

However, Per Willy Amundsen reacts to VG’s representation that he did not grant the application from the Oslo police before joining January this year:

Would grant

– I can confirm that if it was up to me as a government minister during that period, the application from the police would be granted before the new year. But as most people understand, things such as this must be rooted in the government, says Per Willy Amundsen to VG.

He will not elaborate the cause of the delay.

Also, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) would not comment on whether the case was put on hold for the sake of the Left. She says this to VG in Croatia’s capital Zagreb:

“The treatment has not had any reason why the Left entered the government. As Wara said in the parliament, we have given a temporary permit, and so we have said that we will return with a better legislative anchorage in the autumn when we are done with that work. Therefore, this has taken some time, “said Solberg.

VG has been in contact with Venstre’s communications manager Steinar Haugsvær, who says that the party is not aware that this case was left for the sake of the Left.

The child representative believes the Justice Minister has misunderstood the law

Tuesday 3 July 2018

– Custody is a punishment we provide for the most serious crimes. I can not see for myself that in Norway we are going to start distributing custody to children in the early teens, “says childcare representative.

Last week, Dagbladet wrote that ten children under 15 years account for 187 crimes in the capital, according to figures from the Oslo police.

Among the offenses are rape by a child under 14 years of age, firefighting, robbery, threats with knife, helmet, car theft and violence against teacher.

Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara called the numbers “desperate reading”, and was aware that Oslo’s streets are not safe. He wants to use more custody of children to cope with crime.

– Whether it’s a custody or a shipment from the city; These children must be taken out of Oslo. If today’s legislation is preventing it, we should change the law, “said Wara to Dagbladet.

– Very bad signal

Acting Children’s Ombudsman Camilla Kayed strongly warns against the Minister of Justice’s proposal. Kayed reacts specifically to the use of child custody as a tool in this context.

– The Children’s Convention provides clear indications that the imprisonment of children should be the last last resort. I think talking about custody is a very unfortunate signal from Wara, says Kayed to Dagbladet.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), after Wara’s surprising play, also expressed a negative opinion on the use of child custody.

Confusion about custody

“Today’s legislation also gives the child welfare authority the opportunity to place children in coercion, if this is what Wara believes in” taking children out of Oslo “, Kayed said.

She points out that the Child Welfare Act today provides the opportunity to place children in a treatment or training institution for up to twelve months without consent.

Kayed also believes that custody, which is the strictest sentence of the law, should not be used on children.

“I have to say I do not understand what Wara actually means here. Custody is a punishment we provide for the most serious crimes. I can not see for myself that in Norway we are going to start distributing custody to children in the early teens.

There is only one case where the Norwegian state has given custody to a person under the age of 18, according to the Children’s Ombudsman. It was also a person over criminal low age, not below, as Wara said.

“We are talking about children who have committed very serious offenses. Why is custody then wrong?

“What we know about being sent to an institution on duty is that it rarely helps. It’s a daunting and very short-term measure that does not address the actual problem. It seems that Tor Mikkel Wara does not understand what measures are working. There are long-term measures – family prevention, preventive work at the police – which can reduce crime among children, says Kayed.

Prevention, not custody

The acting child ombudsman shows that children who commit offenses have often been exposed to domestic violence. Therefore, this is where she will begin to solve the problem.

– These are families that need help from the children are small, helping to cope with everyday life in a good way. This way we prevent children from committing crime later in life. It’s incredibly important that the police get stable funds to carry out preventive work against the families, “she says.

City council leader Raymond Johansen (AP) told Dagbladet Thursday that he did not experience Oslo as unsafe, as Wara claimed the streets of the capital. Kayed is also aware that Oslo is a safe city.

“97 per cent of children in Oslo are law-abiding. It is very unfortunate to talk about the custody of the children, and it is equally unfortunate to say that Oslo’s streets are unsafe, says Kayed.

Chief economist: This means that we avoid interest rate fluctuations

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Never in history, interest rates globally have been as low as in the last ten years. Chief economist sees few reasons why this will change with the first. But the economists are shrinking.

Interest rates continue to rise in the United States, and Øystein Olsen announced at the monetary policy meeting earlier this month that Norges Bank is most likely to raise interest rates in September.

With rising interest rates nationally and internationally, the discussion about a potential interest rate strike on the stairs.

Chief economist at Handelsbanken, Kari Due Andresen, is one of those who believes that interest rates will continue to be low.

“We see that there are three reasons why interest rates will keep moving forward: Demographic development, low productivity growth and demand for secure investment are all pulling towards this,” says Andresen.

More elderly people

In western economies, life expectancy continues to increase and people have fewer children. This means that the average population is older than it was before.

From the ages of 25 to 60, people save their income. Towards the end of life, they spend the money they have spared between from the age of 25 to the age of 60. When the average age of the population increases, the population conserves and consumes more of their income.

– We have a good overview of the demographic development. People are on average older, and this point draws towards continued low interest rates in the future, says Andresen.

Economic growth is driven by the fact that productivity in the economy is increasing. In the west, productivity growth has been lower than it was in the period when interest rates were at a higher level than today.

Handelsbanken sees no clear signs that productivity will increase in the future. Isolated also indicates that today’s interest rate situation is the new norm, says Andresen.

Since the financial crisis, many have either placed their money in the bank or invested in fixed income securities. Interest rates on these investments are kept low due to high demand.

– Demand for secure investments at today’s level will keep interest rates low. We see no obvious causes for this to change, “says Andresen.

Chief economist: This means that we avoid interest rate fluctuations

Never in history, interest rates globally have been as low as in the last ten years. Chief economist sees few reasons why this will change with the first. But the economists are shrinking.
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In Japan, the key rate has been below 1 per cent for over two decades. The Japanese economy is an example that economic growth may be moderate despite sustained low interest rates. Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura AFP

Interest rates continue to rise in the United States, and Øystein Olsen announced at the monetary policy meeting earlier this month that Norges Bank is most likely to raise interest rates in September.

With rising interest rates nationally and internationally, the discussion about a potential interest rate strike on the stairs.

Chief economist at Handelsbanken, Kari Due Andresen, is one of those who believes that interest rates will continue to be low.

“We see that there are three reasons why interest rates will keep moving forward: Demographic development, low productivity growth and demand for secure investment are all pulling towards this,” says Andresen.

debt Concern

Since March 2016, Norges Bank has kept its key interest rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent. Handelsbanken believes that for the first time in two years we will find that the interest rate is set.

Handelsbanken believes that interest rates will be raised by 0.25 percentage points at the next monetary policy meeting in September, and that it will be raised twice in 2019. Then they believe that Norges Bank will keep the key rate unchanged.

Norwegian households have a lot of debt on average. This makes them vulnerable to excessive interest rates. Excessive interest rates can lead to a higher proportion of Norwegian wages being paid, which in turn may have a negative impact on the activity in the Norwegian economy.

Naturally, Norges Bank wishes to prevent this, thus taking into consideration the debt situation of Norwegian households in the interest rate setting.

disagree

Erik Bruce, chief analyst of Nordea, does not share Andrew’s opinion about the future

interest rate developments.

– Nordea believes in one rate increase now in September and two next year. We have not made any forecasts beyond this. We believe that a steering rate of 2.5-3 per cent is right in the long run, says Bruce.

Nordea is critical of the three reasons Handelsbanken mentions. Bruce argues in particular about the arguments behind demographic development and low productivity growth.

Sparrows who previously contributed to lower interest rates now go to retirement. One can argue that this will cause us to get less savings, as this generation will go from saving its income to tearing out saved assets.

Low productivity growth can lead to higher inflation, as the increase in money in circulation may exceed the increase in the production of goods. If inflation is too high, the central bank will respond by setting up the interest rate to reduce inflation. It may be that this point draws towards a higher interest rate, not lower, Bruce believes.

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