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Eurozone crisis sparks Norway jobseeker influx. Unemployed, debt-hit southern Europeans are leaving their families and homes behind to work in Norway. “We have 25 visitors per day, on average, and a third of these are from Spain. Numbers have increased considerably over the past six months”, Bob Gulbrandsen, coordinator for the Oslo-based Catholic development and relief organization Caritas, tells NRK. Spain’s rate of unemployment is currently over 21.5 percent and there are also many job migrants from Greece and Italy, according to AFP/NTB. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) reports numbers of European job seekers have increased by 60 percent compared to last year.

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Eurozone crisis sparks Norway jobseeker influx

Published on Monday, 28th November, 2011 at 13:35 under the news category, by Ioana Dan.
Last Updated on 11th January 2012 at 09:03.

Unemployed, debt-hit southern Europeans are leaving their families and homes behind to work in Norway.

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“We have 25 visitors per day, on average, and a third of these are from Spain. Numbers have increased considerably over the past six months”, Bob Gulbrandsen, coordinator for the Oslo-based Catholic development and relief organization Caritas, tells NRK.

Spain’s rate of unemployment is currently over 21.5 percent and there are also many job migrants from Greece and Italy, according to AFP/NTB. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) reports numbers of European job seekers have increased by 60 percent compared to last year.

“Norway is a long way away and cold, but at least we may have a future here,” says Annanelly Flores, who came to the country from Spain with her husband, Juan, to find work.

According to Aftenposten, applications for Norwegian tax cards from Greek, Spanish, and Italian working migrants increased by 82, 33, and 6 percent in 2010, respectively.

Predicting that, “there will certainly still be a lot of people coming from the southern European countries,” Mr Gulbrandsen criticises Norwegian authorities and NAV for not following through.

“Many have qualifications from their home countries that can easily be adapted or built upon to suit the Norwegian system,” he says to NRK.

It is difficult to find a job without language skills, however, despite Norway’s need for qualified personnel. Even oil companies face challenges with multiculturalism.

“There are many places if you speak good English and are a qualified engineer. Nevertheless, you have to apply for jobs using a slightly different method if you are a Spanish applicant without either Norwegian or English skills,” says NAV EURES advisor Lena Bråthen, advising people to look for work in the restaurant branch as Christmas approaches. 

Meanwhile, amongst reports by NRK that approximately 200 families in Spain being thrown out from their homes, Juan and Annanelly Flores, are now facing a difficult future. Juan will stay in Norway to continue searching for employment; his wife will have to travel home to their three children and considerable debts.

“We could always sell our house, of course, but nobody can afford to buy it. The bank will repossess it if we don’t find a job,” she says.




Published on Monday, 28th November, 2011 at 13:35 under the news category, by Ioana Dan.
Last updated on 11th January 2012 at 09:03.

This post has the following tags: eurozonecrisis, norwayjobs.





  
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