Sri Lankan children among immigrants living in poverty in Norway


Sri Lankan children are among immigrants living in poverty in Norway, the Xinhua news agency quoted the Aftenposten Norwegain newspaper as reporting.

Fresh numbers from Norway’s statistics bureau showed nearly four in 10 immigrant children in the Nordic country live in poverty.

The data from Statistics Norway (SSB) showed 101,000 children under the age of 18 lived in poor families in 2016, which is an increase from 10 percent of all children in 2015 to 10.3 percent in 2016. This proportion is equivalent to 3,000 children.

The report also showed that the poor conditions in which children live often vary with the country of the families’ origin.

In 2016, 75 to 79 percent of children from Syria and Somalia lived in families with persistent low income, while the proportion was lower, but still more than 50 percent, for children with backgrounds from Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

Less than 20 percent of children with backgrounds from India, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Vietnam, on the other hand, live in poverty, the report said.

The figures also showed that the proportion of all children in poor families of both Norwegian and non- Norwegian background had risen from 7 per cent in 2006 to 10.3 percent in 2016.

“A lot of this can be explained by the fact that more children in the low income group have only one family provider,” SSB wrote in the report.

Namely, nearly half of children with permanent low income, of non-immigrant background, lived with a single mother or father in 2016, the report said.

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