It is a climatic challenge to move to the Arctic region for most of the foreign people, who are used to living in countries with a warmer climate.
For most foreign people, Tromsø is quite far away from their homes, and it is not easy to keep in touch with family and friends. To them, it is important to have a good social backup in Tromsø and surroundings. Similarly, for a lot of Norwegians, it may be a challenge to move so far north.
AMP got its first development grants in November 2014 from NAV.
For the project Artist Meeting Point — a multicultural activity — grants were received from Sparebanken's Kulturnæringsstiftelse, IMDI (Integrerings-og mangfoldsdirektoratet) and financial support from the Tromsø Kommune.
The statutes of AMP can be found here.
The long term goal of AMP is to create an open and multicultural meeting place, where people from different cultural backgrounds can meet and join different activities. Examples of some of these activities are international cooking, dancing, Norwegian conversation language, artist meetings, family meetings, and so forth.
In Tromsø there are people living from approximately 109 different nations. Creating a mutual understanding of cultural differences and to have a dialogue with the Norwegian population is crucial for the development of the city. Tromsø is rapidly growing each Year.
Many working immigrants are coming to Tromsø to work in the health care, education, construction, research and tourism industries. Those people have the need to build up a social network from zero.
This is the reason for which we have created this organisation.