Flora municipality is an international municipality both in terms of international cooperation and in terms of being a multicultural society. 1 707 immigrants were residing in Flora in January 2017, which was 14.2% of the population. The largest group of immigrants come from Poland (271 people).
For the year 2016 was immigration to Flora consisting of net 141 people. Immigration to Flora can happen in three different ways:
- Firstly, we have migrant workers. Flora is dependent on this type of migration for supplying community key expertise and meet labour needs in several sectors. These immigrants are allowed to come hence European agreements.
- In addition, we have immigrants who arrive Floro as refugees or asylum seekers. A refugee has refugee status from the Norwegian government or the UN. Each year Norway accepts refugees from UN camps from different places in the world. These become residents in Norwegian municipalities. An asylum seeker is a person who comes to Norway and seeks protection (asylum) in the state. People waiting for a response on their application for asylum, he or she usually lives at asylum camps. When an application for asylum is rejected, the person is supposed to return home voluntarily, while those who receive residence permits / granted asylum, should settle in a municipality. Settlement takes place by an agreement between the state and the municipality.
- The third reason for immigration is family reunification, example is the foreign women who marry Norwegians, or the families of refugees who have been granted asylum. Number of family reunions varies every year.
It is the City Council of Flora which determines the number of refugees we should accept each year. They also determine how many refugees will be given a place to stay. This is traditionally between 50 to 60 refugees annually, including family reunions. The numbers will probably decrease from 2018. Since 1987, the municipality provided housing for over 1400 refugees (incl. family reunion), from a total of 23 countries. About half of these have moved away from Flora afterwards.
KF Immigration center is responsible for:
Integration of immigrants, communication with immigrants, provide services to immigrants and refugees.
KF Immigration center is divided into three parts that all have their responsibilities:
- Solbakken asylum camp
- Integration department
- Adult Education
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