News story | Date: 12/04/2013
The White Paper to the Norwegian Parliament En helhetlig integreringspolitikk – mangfold og fellesskap (A comprehensive integration policy – diversity and community), launched on 26 October 2012, deals with the opportunities and challenges of being a country and a society with immigration.
The most important goal for the Government’s integration policy is to ensure that all people who live in Norway are able to utilise their resources and participate in the community. All inhabitants in Norway have rights and obligations and should have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to working and social life. Everyone should contribute according to their abilities. No person should be discriminated against or excluded because they have an immigrant background. All public authorities have a responsibility to help meet the goals of the integration policy. Norway is part of an increasingly globalised world and people in Norway trade and interact with the rest of the world. One of the consequences is that people from other countries come to Norway. They bring their knowledge and skills, their language, religion and traditions, their music and their stories. Norway needs labour and skills. Norway also meets its international obligations and takes responsibility for giving individuals who are fleeing from their country of origin a new home.