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Council urges investigation of social pressures

The Norwegian government should allocate funds to research the effects of migration and climate change on the country’s welfare state, the Research Council of Norway has proposed.

In a statement on 6 January, the council said that the refugee crisis, falling oil revenues and climate change were increasing the pressure on Norway, and that research should be done to inform decisions on appropriate action. The council proposed to increase the research budget by 1.2 billion Norwegian kroner (€120m) in 2017 to support the additional studies.

“We cannot afford to make mistakes in the dark,” said Arvid Hallén, head of the council, who said ministries require more academic advice on how to best restructure the welfare state.

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