Syrians in Norway

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Syrians in Norway
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand,[2]
Arabic (Syrian Arabic), Kurdish, Turkish, Neo Aramaic, Norwegian
Predominantly Islam
Minority Christianity (Syriac, Catholicism, Lutheranism), Atheism
Related ethnic groups
Arabs, Syrian diaspora

Syrians in Norway are citizens and residents of Norway who are of Syrian descent. Most arrived as asylum immigrants after the Syrian civil war.


According to Statistics Norway, as of 2017, there are a total 20,823 persons of Syrian origin living in Norway. Of those, 1,462 individuals were born in Norway to immigrant parents.[1]


According to Statistics Norway, as of 2012-2014, the percentage of Syria-born immigrants in Norway with a persistently low income averaged out at 52.8%. This was a higher proportion than the native population and many other immigrant groups, largely because most Syrian individuals arrived as asylum immigrants, who tend to have lower incomes. The percentage of Syria-born immigrants with a persistently low income has also steadily declined the longer that the individuals have resided in Norway, with proportions of 86.9% among 3 year Syria-born residents, 53.2% among 4-9 year residents, and 38.4% among residents of 10 years or longer. This was relative to immigrant averages of 26.3% overall, 50.3% among 3 year residents, 28.5% among 4-9 year residents, and 20.2% among residents of 10 years or more.[3]

According to Statistics Norway, as of 2015, a total of 196 Syria citizens residing in Norway incurred sanctions. The principal breaches were traffic offences (72 individuals), followed by other offences for profit (48 individuals), public order and integrity violations (37 individuals), property theft (16 individuals), drug and alcohol offences (14 individuals), violence and maltreatment (6 individuals), other offences (2 individuals), sexual offences (1 individual), and criminal damage (0 individuals).[4]

In 2018, Statistics Norway reported that of recently arrived migrants from Syria there was a high proportion (67%) with only basic education (Norwegian: Grunnskole).[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Population by immigrant category and country background". Statistics Norway. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Tabell 11 Innvandrerbefolkningen, etter landbakgrunn (de 20 største gruppene). Utvalgte kommuner. 1. januar 2007".
  3. ^ "Økonomi og levekår for ulike lavinntektsgrupper 2016". Statistics Norway. pp. 57, 117, 118. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Persons sanctioned, by group of principal offence and citizenship (and category of principal offence -2014). Absolute figures". Statistics Norway. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ Innvandrere og norskfødte med innvandrerforeldre fra Syria. Statistics Norway. 26 June 2018. p. 26. Retrieved 14 July 2018.