Friday, June 16, 2006

Aftenposten: Just 1 in 10 new Oslo residents are Norwegian

Yesterday's Aftenposten ran an article stating that less than ten percent of new residents in Oslo are native Norwegian. According to the article:
Immigrants account for 92.5 percent of the capital's total population growth over the past ten years. Immigrants from western nations make up seven percent, while non-western immigrants are nearly 86 percent of the growth. [emphasis mine --ed.]
But the politicians, as usual, are shrugging it off:

City council leader Erling Lae is well aware of the trend, and still views the overall immigrant segment as not particularly large.

"But growth is positive, stagnation is not. Without immigrants growth would be minimal," Lae said. "Balanced growth is ideal growth. I would not define any groups as a problem," ... "It is only dangerous if the new groups do not become a normal part of the city's population, a combination of ghetto and unemployment. But we should remember that immigrants have contributed to the diversity that makes the city a magnet," Lae said.

Right. Just ask France how positive that "non-western" growth has been. Or Britain. Or the Netherlands. Or...

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