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Refugees from Ukraine are moving to Norway en masse: what attracts them to the Scandinavian country

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Refugees from Ukraine are moving to Norway en masse: what attracts them to the Scandinavian country

Since the beginning of russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, more than 63 thousand Ukrainians have arrived in Norway. However, refugees continue to arrive in large numbers in the Scandinavian country. Find out more about where the Norwegian authorities plan to accommodate Ukrainians

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Recently, the number of Ukrainians in Norway has increased significantly. The flow of refugees to this Scandinavian country continues to increase, and therefore there is a need to create additional accommodation for them. This is reported by Life In Norway.


Read more about why Norway has become an attractive Scandinavian country for Ukrainians and where refugees find shelter here.


Norway continues to accept Ukrainians: what is known


In response to the new wave of Ukrainian refugees, Norway is preparing to create 3,000 additional places to provide temporary asylum to newcomers. 


Over the past month, more than half of all Ukrainians who arrived in northern Europe have applied for asylum in Norway. The local Directorate for Foreigners (UDI) reported a rapid increase in the number of Ukrainian refugees: about 1,000 people a week.


"Over the past four weeks, about 60% of all Ukrainians who have arrived in the Scandinavian countries have chosen Norway," said Frode Forfang, director of the UDI.


Two-thirds of the refugees came directly from Ukraine, and one-third had previously lived in other European countries, but now decided to seek temporary protection in Norway. The reception center in Rode, which provides temporary housing for refugees and helps with documents, is currently overloaded.




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Where does Norway plan to resettle Ukrainian refugees?


In connection with the new flow of migrants from Ukraine, it is planned to create from 2,500 to 3,000 additional places to accommodate them. 


In addition, officials have decided to temporarily postpone plans to close emergency resettlement centers. If Ukrainians continue to arrive at this rate, Norway will be forced to significantly expand its housing stock.


The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) believes that it is necessary to speed up the resettlement process in municipalities so that refugees do not stay in temporary reception centers for too long. It is expected that about 35 thousand Ukrainian refugees may need to be resettled next year.


"It is an extraordinary phenomenon for Norway to resettle so many refugees in such a short period of time. But obtaining residency status is only the beginning. In order to integrate these people as quickly as possible, it is necessary that as many of them as possible find jobs. This will help them to become financially independent and learn the Norwegian language," emphasized IMDi Director Liebe Rieber-Mon.


In the fall, a significant number of Ukrainians who are ready to integrate will complete their training courses and start working.


We remind you! Persons planning to cross the border of Ukraine need to know the items prohibited for transportation. This will help to avoid problems. Read more about the list of items that can and cannot be transported across the Ukrainian border with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova in our article.


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