Minister of Labour Hanne Bjurstrøm is encouraging those that do not find employment in Norway to return to their own country.
“If there are no jobs, so there are no jobs,” she told Bergens Tidende.
Workers such as Spaniard Gonzalo Marina left his family in Spain to look for work in Norway, but ended up on the streets. He travelled back home to Madrid at the weekend.
Norway is part of the free labour market, which allows people to travel around countries in search for employment.
“Nevertheless, we as a state have no obligations beyond ensuring workers from the EU do not suffer acute distress if there are no jobs here,” minister Bjurstrøm said.
She does not believe that there will be a large influx in migrant workers coming to Norway from the south, even with the economic crisis and high unemployment.
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