Norwegian municipalities ready to receive record number of refugees

Ukrainian refugees - Scandic HelsfyrPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Directorate for Integration and Diversity (IMDi) has asked all the country’s municipalities to settle 35,000 refugees this year. Preliminary figures show that 275 municipalities have responded to the request by the deadline.

On Friday, the IMDi announced the preliminary number of places the municipalities have announced that they will make available for the settlement of refugees this year. The response deadline was March 31.

The municipalities that have responded have decided to settle a total of about 23,292 refugees in 2022. Several municipalities that have not responded have reported that they are waiting for political consideration at the level of the municipal council. Around 60 municipalities have requested a postponed deadline.

“I am happy to get the positive signals from the municipalities. The request for 35,000 is seven times higher than what the municipalities were asked for earlier this year. This shows that… the willingness to accept refugees is great,” Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Marte Mjøs Persen (AP) stated in a press release.

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