One out of four children in child care has an immigrant background

Statistics Norway (SSB)Oslo. Statistics Norway (SSB) .Photo : Aleksander Andersen / Scanpix .

Every fourth child that CPS was in contact with last year, had an immigrant background, according to figures Statistics Norway (SSB) has collected.

– If we compare the times we had to step in with drastic or redemial measures to different groups of children to the number of people in the Norwegian population between 0 and 22 years from those different groups,  immigrant children was clearly the most overrepresented group in  2015. This is followed by those born in Norway  to immigrant parents, while children without immigrant backgrounds had the least contact with child welfare, according to a report made public by Statistics Norway on Friday.

SSB distinguish between immigrant children and Norwegian-born children of immigrant parents in their listings. They also distinguish between those from developing countries in Asia, Africa, South America and countries outside the European Economic Area in Europe and those from EU or EEA countries or USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The overview shows that 49 children out of 1000 with an immigrant background had received assistance from child welfare. The corresponding number for Norwegian children was 22 out of 1,000 and  for children born in Norway to  immigrant parents the corresponding number was 32.
– At the end of 2015  9,000 children were under the care of child welfare authorities. 700 of them were immigrants, and barely 800 were born in Norway to immigrant parents, SSB writes


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today