Listhaug: “We are witnessing a «ghettofication» of Oslo”
Figures from Statistics Norway show that ethnic Norwegians move from districts in Oslo with many immigrants. City Councillor Raymond Johansen (Labour) says that this is an undesired development.
Between 2007 and 2017, Oslo’s population increased by 63,000. During the same period, net emigration from Oslo, among those with a Norwegian background, was 5,000, writes Dagbladet. The newspaper further publishes figures showing how migration flow internally in Oslo takes place, broken down to the district level.
The figures are compiled by Statistics Norway on behalf of the Parliamentary Group of the Progress Party (Frp). The migration flow for those with a Norwegian background goes two ways: From the districts with a high immigration share and to city-centre neighbourhoods – or away from Oslo.
At 14 of Oslo’s primary schools, more than 50 per cent of students don’t master the Norwegian language proficiently enough to follow ordinary classes. At 43 of the schools, this applies to more than 30 per cent of the pupils.
«Ghettofication» in progress
“There is a «ghettofication» of Oslo going on. There is cause for concern for the districts where ethnic Norwegians move out – and ever more immigrants move in,” Leader of the Progress Party immigration policy committee, Sylvi Listhaug, tells Dagbladet.
City councillor Raymond Johansen (Labour) states that the development is not new, and he is open to the fact that many moves simply because there are too many immigrants in an area.
“Then there is certainly those who move because they believe that the immigrant density is too large. Gentrification takes place in Oslo. There is large net immigration of those with a Norwegian background to the inner districts of Oslo, ”Johansen explains.
He does not want to moralise those who move:
“I do not want to point a finger at anyone who chooses to move away from a school if they discover that their child is the only one with [ethnic] Norwegian background.”
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