While refugees, especially from Asia and Africa, change their nationality to Norwegian, European labor migrants retain their original citizenship.
A total of 70 per cent of immigrants from Asia who came to Norway in the period 1968 to 2007, were granted Norwegian citizenship between 1977 and 2017, the figures from Statistics Norway (Statistics Norway) show. Especially in the mid-90s, it was very common for refugees from Iran, Vietnam and Sri Lanka to change citizenship.
In second place, people from Africa come to 69 per cent who have changed to Norwegian citizenship. Of these, Somalis account for 54 per cent in the period 2003–2011. In European countries outside the EU / EEA, the proportion is 56 per cent.
European immigrants also change to Norwegian citizenship, but to a lesser extent than others. The figures for labor immigrants from the period 1990 to 2007 show that only 3 per cent of labor immigrants from EU / EEA countries switched to Norwegian citizenship.
Statistics Norway believes that this is because a good number of them plan to return to their home country or move to another EU country.