Høringssvar fra Person som ikke har oppgitt navn

Referanse: 153682

Dato: 11.01.2021

To the Honourable Minister of Education and Integration & the Committee members,

Having gone through the proposal, I would also like to point out that Citizenship can be used as a reward for the successful integration of the person into the Norwegian society as this will help bring more people into the workforce and also contribute towards economic and social development.

Citizenship needs to be incentivised, for example, if the person concerned has attained a high level of Norwegian language skills (B2 or higher) the number of years of residency could be reduced to 4 or 5 years from 6 years for example. This would motivate more people to take language courses.

Also having a job and being self sufficient in the last 2 years is something that I agree with as this would bring more people into the workforce in order to obtain Citizenship.

The other issue would be that while Norwegian language course is provided free of cost to people who have come to Norway as asylum seekers or on a humanitarian background, the same is not the case for people who have moved to Norway as skilled workers or as researchers/PhD sttudents who work in Norwegian universities. This also applies to the family members of the afore mentioned group. While these category of people either move in to fill a specific skill set that is lacking in Norwegian labour force or work towards the technological development of Norway, the Norwegian language courses should be subsidised as it would allow for better integration into the society. The language course for example in Bergen is 100 NOK/45 minutes of teaching. This is a significant cost and often demotivates immigrants from taking the courses. Lack of language creates issues like having to use the Interpretor to visit a doctor for example which is usually the tax payer's money.

To summarise, Incentvising citizenship and making a reward based system for people who put in the effort to integrate into the society will motivate them towards it. Similar approach is followed by Finland and Germany for example. In Finland, the residency is reduced from 5 to 4 years if one can document B1 level Finnish or Swedish. Germany also follows a simialr approach.

The more immigrants are motivated to move into the labour work force, the lesser the pressure on NAV, better explotation of resources, higher tax spending for the government, better integration of Immigrants into the Norwegian society, better communication of immigrant parents with teachers at school, understanding the rights and duties as a resident and citizen etc.

People who cannot learn the language or get a job due to documented health conditions or with difficulties learning and the people above 65 years should be given an exception as it would be beyond their control or capability and the proposal would be unfair towards them.

Thank you for the oppurtunity to comment on the proposal and look forward to a good and well thought debate in the parliment on this topic as there could be a different perspective to this and that which would bring reason.

Kind regards,