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Discrimination leads to unemployed immigrants. Unemployment amongst immigrants in Norway has risen to 7.9 percent in the last year. A considerable number of Norwegian businesses ignore the new anti-discrimination law. Companies have been required to report on what measures they have to bring more immigrants into the job market for almost one year. By law, employers are obligated to prevent discrimination based on immigrants’ ethnicity, skin colour, and religion. Just half have adhered to the legislation, according to the research foundation FAFO’s report, “Diversity and equality in the workplace”.

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Discrimination leads to unemployed immigrants

Published on Wednesday, 8th December, 2010 at 23:25 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .

Unemployment amongst immigrants in Norway has risen to 7.9 percent in the last year. A considerable number of Norwegian businesses ignore the new anti-discrimination law.

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Companies have been required to report on what measures they have to bring more immigrants into the job market for almost one year.

By law, employers are obligated to prevent discrimination based on immigrants’ ethnicity, skin colour, and religion. Just half have adhered to the legislation, according to the research foundation FAFO’s report, “Diversity and equality in the workplace”.

There are still considerable variations between different employment branches, despite the law’s intentions.

“It has had little effect so far. There are few employers who say the reporting obligation has been of great significance,” FAFO researcher Kristian Tronstad tells NRK.

According to Statistics Norway, the number of immigrants has been growing during the last few years, mostly from Africa and Asia.

However, NRK reports that whilst the number of unemployed Norwegians is decreasing, figures for jobless immigrants are on the rise.

Norwegian employers have a long tradition of xenophobia.

“Immigrants from non-Western countries have been discriminated against in Norwegian working life for the past 20 years,” Ahmed Bozgil, Managing Director of immigrant, refugee, and asylum seekers’ organization Hero Norway, told The Foreigner.

He recounted a story of one employer who received 150 job applications, but did not even look at 100 of them because they of the applicants’ ethnicity.

“I also believe that the darker the skin, the more difficult it becomes, especially if you have a name from a Muslim country, one with religious associations, and if you come from Somalia or other African country,” he said.

In his report, Kristian Tronstad writes businesses mostly claim the biggest disadvantages with immigrant employees are “poor Norwegian language skills and cultural differences.”

Meanwhile, Inger Lise Blyverket, head of employment policy at the Federation of Norwegian Commercial and Service Enterprises (HSH), believes increased vigilance will mean more businesses will adhere to the anti-discrimination law.

“Both the government and unions have to ensure that companies have good employers who know what their obligations are,” she tells NRK.



Published on Wednesday, 8th December, 2010 at 23:25 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: immigrants, discrimination, employment, norway, norwegian, employers, businesses, fafo, kristian, tronstad, federation, commercial, service, enterprise, racism, xenophobia.





  
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