Ukrainian refugees may receive reduced Norwegian language training due to capacity issues

Ukrainian refugeesPhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB

According to the government, refugees from Ukraine may receive reduced Norwegian language training compared to other refugees due to insufficient capacity in the municipalities.

Refugees who come to Norway today have the right and duty to Norwegian language training and social knowledge education. They must receive this no later than three months after their arrival in Norway.

However, the government’s new proposal could make it easier for the municipalities to take in refugees, among other things, by cutting the language training offer, the newspaper Aftenposten writes. The proposal was sent for consultation and had a consultation deadline of April 12.

The alternatives the government proposes are that refugees should have the right and duty to training and education only 12 months after arrival or that the training should no longer be a duty, just a right, and should be extended from three to six months after arrival.

“With this proposal, Ukrainians will have a different quality of Norwegian language training than others who come to Norway. It is unfortunate,” Grete Syrdal, municipal manager in Bærum Municipality, stated in a consultation response to the proposal.

Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Marte Mjøs Persen (AP) told the newspaper that the 100 consultation responses are now being considered and that the government will present a bill to the Norwegian parliament (Storting) as soon as possible.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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