On 1st September 2004, the Introductory Act came into force in Norway. This law stipulates that local authorities have a responsibility to improve immigrants’ chances of participating in the labour market and society.
The introductory programme’s goals for course participants are:
The law covers newly-arrived immigrants between the ages of 18 and 55 years old who need to gain basic qualifications. In order to be entitled to the introductory programme the immigrant must have been granted asylum, arrived in the country as a resettlement refugee, or have been granted a residence permit for reasons of protection. People who have been granted family reunification with a refugee can in some circumstances be offered an introductory programme. Local authorities can choose to offer the introductory programme to all immigrants.
Introductory support has been fixed at 2G. G represents the national insurance basic amount. As of 1st May 2005, 1G = NOK 60,699. People aged between 18 and 25 years old receive 75% of the 2G introductory support. Introductory support is taxable.
You can read more about the “Act relating to introductory schemes and Norwegian language training for newly arrived immigrants (Introductory Act)” on the Directorate for Integration and Diversity’s website (IMDI).
You can read the entire act on Lovdata’s website.
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