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Poorest foreigners lose out in Norway. Crisis-hit Europeans and others with little or no money coming to Norway are falling victim to politicians’ policy-less approach to poverty. Amongst high Euro country unemployment and other social problems, the Parties’ political programme on poverty silence is deafening. Kari Helene Partapuoli, who heads the Norwegian Centre against Racism, declares that banning begging is the only area that receives attention. She calls this “unacceptable”.

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Poorest foreigners lose out in Norway

Published on Thursday, 18th April, 2013 at 12:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th April 2013 at 12:13.

Crisis-hit Europeans and others with little or no money coming to Norway are falling victim to politicians’ policy-less approach to poverty.

Handful of kroner
Handful of kroner
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Amongst high Euro country unemployment and other social problems, the Parties’ political programme on poverty silence is deafening.

Kari Helene Partapuoli, who heads the Norwegian Centre against Racism, declares that banning begging is the only area that receives attention. She calls this “unacceptable”.

“It’s now time for politicians to put human dignity content behind their rosy words. We’re happy to talk about the Roma people, but it isn’t just them that live on the street and survive by begging,” she told Vårt Land.

“We increasingly see that the economic crisis in Europe means that Europeans are now travelling to Norway and live on the bare minimum, hoping to earn some money. But the only official response so far has been rejection and ban.”

According to the paper, absolute poverty in Norway refers to a people without a place of residence, proper job, and citizens’ rights. Germany calls this classification of people poverty immigrants.

The Scandinavian country also has several other paradoxes regarding poverty levels concening other persons.

Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) officials have advised the government to raise benefits levels in line with wage growth, arguing that “living in poverty leads to passivity, marginalization and isolation rather than increased activity.”

“Basing social benefits at a level that gives the impression one can live off them over time results in losing necessary pressure created by the system requiring people to get of the scheme, either by way of another benefit type or by working,” said the then Minister of Labour Hanne Bjurstrøm.

Child poverty levels could increase. NAV also reported that 40 percent of children living in rich Norway have an immigrant background.

An official cited their parents’ low education level and language skills their difficulties in getting a job.  

Moreover, whilst a fresh UNICEF report has found that standards for children in Norway do not match their European peers in several areas, Norway is one of the countries paying out most in foreign aid to poor ones.

Vårt Land reports that Labour (Ap) and the Christian Democrats (KrF) are also the only two Parties that talk most about international poverty, but not at home.

“Politics is full of paradoxes,” political scientist and sociologist Anders Todal Jenssen tells Vårt Land.




Published on Thursday, 18th April, 2013 at 12:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th April 2013 at 12:13.

This post has the following tags: norwaypoverty, poorinnorway, norwaybegging.





  
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