Norway's pre-departure orientation programme: an online study visit

The online meeting gathered 29 participants on April 21 to discuss and get a deeper knowledge about Norway’s Cultural orientations program and resettlement

Participants came from seven different countries and organizations. They had a chance to listen to presentations held by The Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IMDi informed about their work and goals for 2020, and presented a short version of their resettlement-program in order for the participants to get a quick glance of how IMDI works. They talked about what happens to the refugees, before, in between and after the resettlement.

IOM lectured on their work with preparing the refugees before traveling to Norway thought the Norwegian Cultural Orientation (NORCO) program. The program has been up and running since 2003. IMDi is responsible for the program from the government side. However, IOM is responsible for the implementation of the program. 15 000 quota refugees have so far been allowed to participate in the program. The main goal with this program is to give refugees a realistic picture of Norway, minimize the culture shock and develop problem-solving abilities.

We got good practice on Norway’s experiences and examples of post-arrival orientation services and how activities delivered in the pre-departure and post arrival phase can be linked and understanding how information sessions to municipalities can be arranged, and which effects these can have in preparing the receiving community.

At the end of the day, there was time for discussion and participants were able to get answers to questions that hade arose. Some technical issues occurred during the meeting, but the overall positive feedback indicate that, despite challenges, we are on the right track.


Author: Gabriela Prado

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