On the 14th of July 2012, a 200-people group composed mainly of Roma settled in an abandoned gravel mine, nearby Oslo, Norway [1, 2, 6, 9]. Previously to that, the residents of the quarry had to leave the Sofienberg Church grounds by the 9th of July after months of police harassment [1, 2, 6, 7]. This was later named the Årvoll case.
The conflict happened amidst the turbulent dispute over the ban on begging in Norway. The ban was put forward by many right-wing parties and condemned by Folk er Folk (People are People) . According to  it covertly targeted Roma communities and was supported by negative stereotypes, revealing the anti-Roma feeling in Norway that excludes the community in terms of access to housing, social services, and education, among others.  reported that the battle to combat begging developed in a series of conflicts over Roma settlements in Oslo and its surroundings, Årvoll being only one example of all the different camps that were dismantled, a conflict that politically ended when a law was passed prohibiting any forms of camping or sleeping on public land, which marked the height of what  said to be a systemic expulsion of Roma from Norway.
The Roma, accompanied by Folk er Folk and other minorities of Norway, protested the ban on sleeping outside through demonstrations . In this context, and specifically to the Årvoll case the chronology went as follows.
According to several testimonies, as well as certain city politicians, the Roma had been camping under bridges and in parks violating the sanitation laws of the city of Oslo, to them, the police accordingly enforced the regulation against camping on public property inside the city limits . From camping outside, the Roma went to the Sofienberg Church where they settled in their property. The city politicians and several members of the church pressed for the expulsion of the community from the church grounds [1, 2].
Then, one of the two owners of the Årvoll Eiendom AS, to whom the plot of land where the quarry is located belongs, agreed to let the Roma stay in the Årvoll property [1, 5, 6, 7]. The site had already been a place of conflict when the owners planned to develop an equestrian center and ended up extracting rocks and gravel, despite protests from the neighbors . Not only the construction of the settlement for the Roma sparked outrage in the neighborhood but also between the two owners of Årvoll Eiendom AS, since one of them had not agreed to Roma’s presence in the site and considered it unfit for human habitation as it is a and it is a extraction site, it has had no toilets nor running water [1, 7].
This owner stated that the Roma had to either leave or face an eviction from the site [5, 7]. According to several news outlets, there were about 27 tents and 30 cars parked in the quarry and the growing numbers of Roma concerned the owners and the neighbors, the latter justifying it by saying there would be more pollution and crime if they stayed [3, 5, 7, 8]. After a few days, there was a reported attack with fireworks and stones against the people in the quarry [2, 3, 4]. When the time came to take responsibility and try to find solutions there were several proposals: to give jobs to the Roma so that they could rent apartments, deport them, provide cheap overnight accommodation, introduce labor market measures to help them out, etc. [1, 6]. Of all these measures, none were reported as effectively implemented towards the Roma community that settled in the quarry.
The representatives from the district of Bjerke and the Health Administration in Oslo ruled that the site had to be closed as it was not appropriate, since it had no drainage system or running water, making it an imminent threat to humans' health . After the neighbors sent a letter to one of the owners of Årvoll Eiendom AS stating that they would press charges if the settlement was not shut down immediately, the situation was solved through the agreement between the two owners of the enterprise [7, 8]. The camp was supposed to be shut down by the 20th of July 2012, but many Roma had already left the day before [7, 8]. As of September 2012, the plot was sold and set out to be an equestrian center, since the proposal to convert it into a housing site was denied . No news has been reported about the site or the settlers as of 2021.
It is important to note that the Prime Minister at the time called on all Norwegians not to discriminate against the Roma, which manifested mainly in hate speech through internet forums, among other places . The government’s leader called on “no judgment or branding people just because they belong to one group” as these expressions would only lead to more hatred and conflict . By expressions, the Prime Minister referred to any name which discriminates Roma, that had been used as of lately by internet users [4, 6]. Though the Prime Minister called for dignity and respect, there were several mentions of how the Roma needed to earn their living, as well as respect Norwegian law [1, 6], and how if they got to Norway they had to be able to "support themselves". These statements seem to contradict the idea of non-discrimination that the Primer Minister made before.