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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:19 PM
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57. This is a long standing problem with no obvious solution

During the mass resettlement of refugees after Vietnam and the Boat People Norway played a disporportionate response in aiding the refugees and helping the resettlement. In our agency 25% of all of the doctors were Norwegian.

The problem was that the same close knit culture that could motivate a small country to make a big response would also create barriers for smooth integration for new arrivals from other languages and cultures.

The solution that they came up with at that time was that Norway would send more doctors than any other country and while they couldn't take a large number of refugees they would concentrate on families with significant health problems.

In that way Norway took fewer numbers but made a huge impact in solving the problem.

Some of the problems that Norway faces is unique because of language. Many foreigners who arrive are struggling with their second language, English, and find Norwegian daunting.

Finally Norwegians tend to be shy and less verbose so having spontaneous conversations is not as frequent as it would be in an American setting.

For all that Norway has done for refugees all I can say is;

Takk for alt
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