Figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that 81% of refugees who became residents in 2013, 83% of those in 2014, and 82% of those in 2015 lived in the same municipality for the next five years.
In comparison, only around 60% of the refugees who became residents in Norwegian municipalities in 1999 lived in the same municipality five years later.
According to the SSB, the fact that relatively few resident refugees moved must be seen in connection with the start of the introduction scheme in 2005.
Among other things, the refugees automatically lose the right to financial support if they move while participating in the two-year program.
However, there are large differences between the counties in how many people move out of the first municipality in which they settled.
Of the refugees who became residents in a municipality in Nordland and Troms and Finnmark in 2015, 35% and 32%, respectively, no longer lived in the municipality five years later. Of those who became residents in Oslo in 2015, on the other hand, only 6% did not live there in 2020.
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