30,000 Ukrainians have applied for protection in Norway

30,000 Ukrainians have applied for protection in Norway
30,000 Ukrainians have applied for protection in Norway. Image: Allexxandar/Shutterstock.com

The number of Ukrainians who have applied for temporary collective protection in Norway in 2022 passed 30,000 this week, according to the country’s government on Wednesday, October 19.

In total, over 33,000 Ukrainians have sought protection in Norway so far this year if all nationalities are included and over 27,500 of the applicants have already been granted a residence permit, the Norwegian government said.

“Never before has Norway received such a high number of people seeking protection in the course of one year.”

Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said: “Many people make a great effort to welcome the Ukrainians and help them start their lives here, both in host municipalities for asylum reception and in the municipalities that settle.

“So far this year, the municipalities have settled over 22,000 refugees, of which over 19,000 with temporary collective protection.”

He added: “The municipalities’ efforts are invaluable, and together with volunteers, employers, schools and local communities, they have contributed to creating security, offering services and providing care to those who come to Norway.

“I am proud of that.”

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