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Factsheet for measure NO-2022-14/2433 Updated – measures in Norway

Language training and inclusion of people displaced from Ukraine

Språkopplæring og inkludering av flyktninger fra Ukraina

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2022 – 31 December 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category 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)

Background information

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)).

Content of measure

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:

  • NOK 50 million (€5 million) for voluntary organizations' work to include refugees from Ukraine.
  • NOK 50 million (€5 million) in increased funding for the Norwegian language training scheme.
  • NOK 15 million (€1.5 million) for Norwegian training and English training under the auspices of voluntary organisations.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

11 May 2023

Due to the tens of thousands of Ukrainians that flee to Norway to escape the war, the government 11 May proposed to increase the allocations on several budget posts in the revised national budget of 2023. Among the allocations was NOK 125.7 million (€10.6 million) for increased funding of training programs in Norwegian language, thus extending this measure for another year until the end of 2023.

Use of measure

No information on use of measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
National funds

Social partners

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 involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


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.

Views and reactions

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,


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