Refugees from Ukraine
The City of Oslo is in favour of accepting refugees from Ukraine if the Norwegian government requests this. The process of receiving refugees from Ukraine and settling them in a local authority is the same as for refugees from other countries.
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The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) receives asylum seekers at the National Asylum Reception Centre at Råde in Viken. Since many refugees will be arriving very soon, the Scandic Helsfyr hotel in Oslo has also been requisitioned. The hotel is part of the City of Oslo's emergency services.
Refugee arrivals in Oslo
There are three ways for refugees to settle in Oslo:
- Norway has introduced temporary, collective protection for refugees from Ukraine. Temporary, collective protection does not entitle refugees to a permanent residence permit. Ukrainians who come to Norway can now initially get a residence permit for up to one year. Temporary, collective protection was last used in the 1990s during the Balkan Wars.
- Migrant refugees are refugees who are settled in Norway directly from abroad by agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- Asylum seekers who have come to Norway themselves have a short stay in a transit reception centre before moving to an asylum reception centre pending issuance of a residence permit and subsequent placement by the local authority of residence.
Settlement in Oslo
The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) issues requests to local authorities to settle refugees. The refugees are allocated to the local authorities based on factors such as population composition and the results of previous integration work.
Local authorities receive a subsidy from the Norwegian government for the settlement of refugees.