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Northern Norway voted top for immigrants. Hammerfest municipality won the Directorate of Integration and Diversity’s integration prize for 2013. IMDi director and jury leader Geir Barvik, said the municipality “has done a great job with settlement and employment eligibility.” “I hope this will inspire other municipalities,” he added in the statement.

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Northern Norway voted top for immigrants

Published on Friday, 9th May, 2014 at 07:58 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg.
Last Updated on 11th May 2014 at 01:31.

Hammerfest municipality won the Directorate of Integration and Diversity’s integration prize for 2013.

Hammerfest
The municipality came out best when it came to integrating immigrants. Pictured here is part of the city.Hammerfest
Photo: Michael Hanisch/Flickr


IMDi director and jury leader Geir Barvik, said the municipality “has done a great job with settlement and employment eligibility.”

“I hope this will inspire other municipalities,” he added in the statement.

A total of six municipalities were nominated for this year’s award. Joining Hammerfest were eastern Norway’s Oslo and Drammen. Kvinesdal, Sunndal, and Bergen represented western Norway.

The criteria for being awarded the prize include number of settled people, introduction programme, as well as work transition, education, and Norwegian language teaching results.

“It’s an incredible honour to get the prize,” Hammerfest Mayor Alf E. Jakobsen said in a statement. “At the same time, we’re humble and know that the prize demands future commitments to achieve good results.”

“There are many skilled employees in the immigrant service who should get the bulk of the credit for the prize going to Hammerfest this time,” he remarked. Molde in western Norway's Møre og Romsdal County won 2012's.

Hammerfest municipality had a population of 10,287 as of 01st January this year. The city of Hammerfest is the world’s northernmost city.

According to Mayor Jakobsen, well over 70 nationalities live there, and “about 10 per cent of inhabitants come from other countries.”

Norway’s population was some 5,109,000 at the turn of the year, figures from state number cruncher Statistics Norway (SSB) show.

The ten nations with the largest number of people immigrating to Norway (01/01/14), in descending order, were: Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, UK, Somalia, Eritrea, Russia, and The Philippines.




Published on Friday, 9th May, 2014 at 07:58 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg.
Last updated on 11th May 2014 at 01:31.

This post has the following tags: immigration, work, asylum, norway.





  
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