Global Nepali Network
Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) is a global organization of Nepali Diaspora that was established in 2003 after its first global conference in Kathmandu with the purpose of uniting all Nepalis living all over the world. This is the largest global network of Nepali Diaspora, which is believed to represent more than three million non-resident Nepali people residing outside South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries.
NRNA has an international committee known as NRNA-ICC (International Coordination Council) and National Coordination Councils known as NRNA-NCCs (National Coordination Councils). By now, NRNA has established its National Coordination Councils (NCCs) in 73 different countries including Norway. The main motto of NRNA is “For Nepali by Nepali” which asks for our engagements and contributions for the betterment of Nepalese living in Nepal and abroad.
The Government of Nepal has given legal status to Nepali Diaspora by promulgating Non-Resident Nepali Act 2064 and Non-Resident Nepali Regulations 2066. Nepalese citizens who have lived at least for two years outside SAARC member countries or People of Nepali Origin (PNO) holding foreign nationalities other than of SAARC nations are considered as NRNs. Although this definition was in contradiction with the then constitution of ICC and NCCs where the period of living abroad (non SAARC countries) were set at 6 months instead of 2 years. The ICC has recently amended its constitution in line with the definition of the government of Nepal.
NRNA in Norway
In Norway, an ad hoc committee of NCC, Norway was formed in 2006. The first elected executive committee was formed after its first annual meeting in May 18, 2008 in Oslo. The third general assembly in Oslo held on 22nd of September, 2012 has unanimously elected its third executive committee. The fourth general assembly held on May 16, 2015 has elected its fourth executive committee which is now running the organization. NRNA-NCC, Norway (Den nepalske forening i Norge) got registered in Norway in 2012 with the registration number 999 171 648. After getting legal status as a registered social organization in Norway, it has been working towards making NRNA-NCC, Norway as an umbrella organization of all Nepalese in Norway by establishing close collaboration with all Nepalese societies in big cities like Trondheim, Tromsø, Oslo, Ås, Bergen and Stavanger. As per the definition, all Nepalese living in Norway for a certain period of time, irrespective of the cause of their stay, are “ordinary members” of the organization or NRNs. Furthermore, those who have paid registration fee, are our “registered members”. Details about it can be read at our website under “constitution”.
Nepalese in Norway
Although the history of Nepali people living in Norway goes back to more than 40 years ago, most of the Nepalis living in Norway today have come to Norway in the last 10 years. Since it is not that easy to know the exact number of people with Nepalese origin living in Norway, it has been estimated that there are between 1500 to 2000 Nepalis living in different parts of Norway based on the information provided by different Nepalese societies in the major cities of Norway. Majority of the Nepalis, who come to Norway, are still students because Norway has been an attractive country for higher education for several reasons. Among them who are already settled here, many of them are holding very high professional jobs such as engineers, doctors, nurses, professors, financial experts, researchers, government jobholders etc. Even though our proportion in the whole immigrant population is very little, we think that our image in Norway is so far good. When we talk about Nepalis in Norway, we always think about the “first generation immigrants” who were born in Nepal and came to Norway as adults. However, it is not very far to see the upcoming “second generation immigrants” whose needs will be different from that of the “first generation immigrants”. Hopefully, they can be good resources for better integration of Nepalis in Norway.