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EFTA challenges Norwegian policies on benefits for foreigners. European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who become unemployed and live in Norway should be allowed to send their benefits out of the country, an assessment by EFTA has found. Politicians express disquiet. In order to claim unemployment benefits, a person has to be residing in Norway permanently. Norway stopping people taking welfare money out of the country contravenes EEA legislation, according to a recent EFTA Court ruling.

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EFTA challenges Norwegian policies on benefits for foreigners

Published on Friday, 22nd March, 2013 at 07:23 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 22nd March 2013 at 07:44.

European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who become unemployed and live in Norway should be allowed to send their benefits out of the country, an assessment by EFTA has found. Politicians express disquiet.

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In order to claim unemployment benefits, a person has to be residing in Norway permanently.

Norway stopping people taking welfare money out of the country contravenes EEA legislation, according to a recent EFTA Court ruling.

The Labour Party (Ap) has reacted strongly to the European Free Trade Association’s evaluation.

Socialist Left (SV) spokesperson Karin Andersen calls for the government to challenge EEA rules.

“SV believes that Norway must do what is necessary to stop the EEA from eating the National Insurance scheme to pieces”, she told Aftenposten.

In 2011, the Brochmann Committee – named after leader Grethe Brochmann – concluded in its report the Norwegian welfare model faced four main challenges.

One of them was welfare exportability, where welfare rights quickly gained in Norway could be exported to other EEA countries.

Child welfare payments have also been in focus in Norwegian news. Opposition Party Progress (FrP) said last year they wished to stop working foreigners sending this money back home.

The Conservative Party (H) has called for child benefits restrictions, as has the Labour Party.

And whilst tyre king Tommy Sharif of Pakistani origin has called Norwegian youths slothful, successful Norwegian businessman Olav Thon has criticised Norwegians’ working ethics.

At the same time, Majoran Vivekananthan, editor of Norwegian-language publication Utrop, told Klassekampen that the idea of immigrants ruining the welfare state is a myth.

Research they have conducted has shown that immigrants actually use considerably less of the welfare budget, about four percent, compared to persons born in Norway.

Their findings also point out that a majority of immigrants go straight into a job, paying the same taxes as Norwegians.

Asylum seekers start working following their two-year introduction programme, according to them, according to them.

Mr Vivekananthan has called for one of the biggest the immigration policy critics Progress’ Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member on Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, to change his mind about immigration.

“I hope he becomes a little wiser, and dares to say that immigration is worthwhile”.



Published on Friday, 22nd March, 2013 at 07:23 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 22nd March 2013 at 07:44.

This post has the following tags: norwaywork, norwayimmigration, welfarenorway.





  
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