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Factsheet for measure NO-2022-14/2433 – Updated – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2022 – 31 December 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Measure added||01 June 2022 (updated 13 June 2023)|
On 18 March 2022 the government announced that Norway would take its share of refugees from Ukraine in co-operation with other European countries. The same day, the Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion, Marte Mjøs Persen, asked the municipalities to be prepared to settle about 35,000 refugees.
As a result of the war in Ukraine, the government proposed a number of appropriations for measures to receive people displaced from Ukraine (Prop. 78 S (2021–2022)).
On 1 April, the government proposed amendments to the state budget for 2022. The government proposed increasing the amount of money spent on language training.
The government believes that starting early with training in Norwegian or English language is an important prerequisite for getting to work quickly or to be able to start or continue education. Hence, the government has proposed to strengthen the existing Norwegian language training scheme to offer displaced persons from Ukraine early Norwegian language training. On request from the voluntary sector, the government agreed to mobilise non-profit organisations that want to provide Norwegian training by earmarking funds for them.
To make it easy for non-profit organisations to gain access to the funds as quickly as possible, the government decided that the majority of the funding should be distributed through established and known schemes.
The proposed allocations are:
No information on use of measure.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information on social partners involvement in designing and implementing of the measures. The Ministry of Labor and Social Inclusion has set up a working group with actors from the The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDI) and The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) and the social partners to ensure good coordination of integration work in the future.
The social partners regard language training important to be able to take part in the labour market. At the same time, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) points out that work is an important arena for integration and language learning.
Eurofound (2022), Language training and inclusion of people displaced from Ukraine, measure NO-2022-14/2433 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2022-14_2433.html
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