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Immigrants to Oslo are Raising Home Prices

Posted: Nov. 29th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
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Studies are showing that the districts in Oslo that are showing the fastest home-price growth in 2012 are the districts that have primarily immigrant occupants. Unlike many countries citizen's, however, Norwegians are having a positive reaction to the rising immigration population and are embracing their new neighbors warmly and cultural integration doesn't seem to be a real problem on any front.

Flat prices in three of what business daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports as “Oslo’s five most prominent immigrant districts” have higher price-rises on flats this year in comparison to 2011.

Statistics Norway’s (SSB) officials define these as being Søndre Nordstrand, Alna, Stovner, Grorud, and Bjerke. Over 40 percent are immigrants here.

Four of the districts are geographically located in the northern part of Oslo municipality but considered to be in ‘Oslo East’ rather than ‘Oslo West’, along with southeastern-located Søndre Nordstrand.

“Firstly, I don’t consider myself an immigrant”, says Khalique Rana, a Pakistani-born Norwegian citizen, “I’m a person who has moved here (‘innflytter’, in Norwegian],” he tells DN.


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