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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:10 AM

'Thanks, but no thanks' - Norwegians reject Trump's immigration offer [View all]

Source: Reuters

JANUARY 12, 2018 / 9:27 AM / UPDATED 25 MINUTES AGO
Reuters Staff

(Note: Strong language in paragraphs 1,4, 15 & 18)

By Terje Solsvik and Camilla Knudsen

OSLO (Reuters) - Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti or African nations.

The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas.

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“On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks,” tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway’s Conservative Party in a municipality near Oslo. Others condemned the U.S. president’s comments as inappropriate or racist. “We are not coming. Cheers from Norway,” one woman wrote.

While hundreds of thousands of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, just 502 out of a population of 5.3 million people moved there in 2016, down 59 from the previous year, according to Statistics Norway.







Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-immigration-norway/thanks-but-no-thanks-norwegians-reject-trumps-immigration-offer-idUSKBN1F11QK

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