OSLO — This is one of the most placid and pleasant capitals of Europe,
but Oslo is a divided city. The west of the city is rich, safe and
predominantly white; the east, poorer, less safe and populated by
immigrants, many of them Muslim.
has recently tightened its liberal
and asylum rules in the midst of a longstanding debate about
assimilation and multiculturalism. Despite Norway’s oil wealth and low
unemployment, there has been a growing concern over the increasing size
of the Muslim population, especially after Sept. 11 and the Danish
crisis over the publication in late 2005 of cartoons depicting Muhammad,
which were published in Norway, too.
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