On the face of it, Church of Norway takes a clear position with regard both to a liberal asylum and immigration policy and the efforts to promote understanding and integration across national, cultural and religious boundaries. Church of Norway seeks at the same time to uphold the influence of Christianity in the Norwegian society, but this is hardly ever done in an exclusivist manner, saying that Christianity is threatened by and must be ‘protected’ against immigration. The article seeks to identify the reasons for Church of Norway’s clear position on issues relating to immigration. The article also seeks to identify whether the clear positions taken by Church of Norway are being reflected in attitudes among the clergy and whether the stands of Church of Norway have contributed to the promotion of a multicultural society, based on respect and co-existence.

Keywords: Church of Norway, Immigration policy, Christian Council of Norway, Church asylum, Bishops’ Conference, Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (UNE)