Norwegian government tells municipalities to prepare for 35,000 refugees in 2023

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Norwegian government tells municipalities to prepare for 35,000 refugees in 2023
Norway is preparing for up to 35,000 refugees next year. Pictured: Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store attends a press conference after the meeting of Prime Ministers and Heads of government during the 74th Ordinary Session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki in November Photo by Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / AFP.

Norwegian municipalities will be asked to settle 35,000 refugees next year, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced at a press conference on Friday.


Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference on Friday that the country's local authorities had settled a record number of refugees in a record amount of time.

Next year, municipalities will be asked to settle 35,000 refugees between them, Støre said at the press conference.

"The press conference we have today tells part of the tragedy and disaster for Europe. The terror against the local and civilian population in Ukraine continues. We haven't seen anything like it since World War II," the PM said.


So far this year, 32,000 refugees have already made their way to Norway, with all of the country's municipalities accepting some refugees to be settled in Norway.

"We have to expect that more people will have to move from Ukraine. Therefore, we expect that the same number of refugees will arrive next year as this year," he stated.

Norway's Minister of Labour and Inclusion, Marte Mjøs Persen, said that over the past six months, the country had housed as many refugees as it had over the past five years.

Persen added that those who come to the country want to play an active role in society by learning the language and finding employment.

Støre, meanwhile, admitted that local authorities might find the challenge of settling so many refugees again next year even more demanding than this year.

He said that authorities would need to be flexible with housing refugees as municipal accommodation may have had its capacity exhausted.


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