Many immigrants voted at the parliamentary elections in 2017

electionsElections.Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Voter turnout among immigrants increased in 2017 compared to the election in 2013 show new figures from Statistics Norway (SSB).

There were mainly immigrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Bosnia who, in 2017, went to the polls.

In addition, there was an increase in voter turnout among Norwegian-born to immigrant parents stated the SSB report.

However, among the immigrants from the Nordic countries, Eastern European EU countries and Western Europe, the turnout decreased.

For the last two parliamentary elections, the turnout for Norwegian citizens with an immigrant background has been 55%, while the turnout has been 80% for Norwegian citizens without an immigrant background.

7% of the voters in Norway in 2017 had an immigrant background.

In Oslo, which is the electoral district with the most immigrants, the population with an immigrant background constituted around 20% of the electoral turnout. Many people with immigrant backgrounds also have voting rights in the municipalities.

According to SSB, 60% of the group with backgrounds from Africa and Asia voted for Arbeiderpartiet (Arp), while persons with backgrounds from Eastern European countries voted to a greater extent for right-wing parties and especially Fremskrittsparti (Frp).

Immigrants with a background from Western European countries largely voted as did the general population.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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