Turning Points In The History Of Immigration in Norway

The Nord-Europa Institute hosts Grete Brochmann for a lecture on the new immigration wave

November 20th, 2019
Victoria Rochelois, News from Berlin

Grete Brochmann is a sociologist and professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Geography at the University of Oslo. In 2003, she was awarded the Brag Prize for co-authorship of the history of Norwegian immigration 900-2000 and is currently chair of the Welfare and Migration Committee.

In her research, she focuses on recent Norwegian immigration history and immigration policy in the Nordic welfare states. This lecture will deal with Norwegian contemporary history related to the so-called "new immigration", that is, those who come from countries outside the OECD, which started in the early 1970s. Events and political decisions that have had a major impact on how immigration Norway has taken shape from the 1970s until today will also be addressed.

The Norwegian welfare model has provided a strong premise for the formulation of immigration and integration policy from the so-called «immigration stop» introduced in 1975. At the same time, external conditions have affected development. The Bosnian Refugee Crisis in the 1990s; the EU enlargement in 2004/2007 and the refugee crisis in 2015 have all been significant events, with consequences for politics and society.

This exchange illustrates a form of cultural diplomacy, which can significantly contribute to humanising immigration and transform its narratives. Hosted by the Nord-Europa Institute in Berlin, this lecture gives you have the opportunity to expand your knowledge within immigration, a central area in a country’s bilateral relations.


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