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Monday, February 16, 2015

Somali children in Norway live in poverty, social exclusion

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(Medeshi)- In Norway, the majority (75%) of children who are of Somali origin live in poverty, according to the latest official figures released by the country’s statistics agency.

The data published by Statistics Norway paint a rather bleak picture for many immigrant groups struggling to make ends meet. Afghani and Iraqi groups, for instance, also have high levels of poverty, according to the data.

The statistic about children of Somali origin in Norway, however, is of particular importance if one takes into account the March 2014 Somalia suicide bomber linked to Al Qaeda was a Norwegian citizen.

A 2013 report published by the human rights organisation Open Society said Norwegian Somalis feel excluded. This is especially true for young Somalis who have a “low sense of belonging”.

For instance, the employment rate among Somali immigrants, who in most cases have refugee backgrounds, is lower than among other immigrants.

“It’s connected to the amount of time they have resided in Norway, and Somalis have on average been residents quite briefly," Lars Ostby of Statistics Norway told the NRK news agency. "During the first few years in particular, refugees have relatively low employment rates. As time passes, this increases somewhat, but it does reach high levels for some of the groups we see in the poverty statistics." 
-Euro News