Immigrants live in the most cramped conditions

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Somalian Immigrants have the least living space

Immigrants from Africa have the smallest homes, and the most urgent lack of space is that of immigrant families from Somalia,  Statistics Norway reports.

20 per cent of all immigrant households is considered as being small. For the rest of the population, the corresponding figure is 5 per cent.

Of households, where immigrants have a background from Africa, 29 per cent of them are considered to be housed. Immigrants from Somalia are clearly living in the most cramped housing with 38 per cent.

“But also households from Morocco have a large share of cramped housing, with 33 per cent,” says adviser in Statistics Norway, Espen Andersen.

The report from Statistics Norway (SSB) defines a household as cramped if the number of rooms in the home is less than the number of persons or one person living in one room – and if the Primary area is less than 25 square metres per person.

Among immigrants from Asia, people from Pakistan and Syria live in the most cramped conditions, with 34 and 21 per cent respectively.

“This can appear a bit surprising. Households from Pakistan have lived here for longer and has significantly larger ownership interests than households from Syria. We could expect households from long-term countries and with large ownership interests, what we can call established households, to be dwindling. But this is not a clear pattern,” says Andersen

Immigrant housing holdings consist of an average of 2.27 persons, which is slightly more than other households, which have an average of 2.17. Households from Pakistan are the largest, with an average of 3.37 persons. At the same time, there are relatively more immigrant households consisting of one person than in other populations. There are substantially fewer immigrant households consisting of two people.


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