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Foreign workers swell Norwegians’ pockets. Hundreds of thousands of job migrants are helping keeping Norway’s economy and living standard buoyant. Recent tax authority figures show 387,103 foreign workers paid tax in 2011. Approximately 15% of employment went to foreign workers. Swedes accounted for the largest influx last year, just over 80,720, closely followed by people from Poland. Numbers of Poles have increased by more than seven times in the last seven years, going from around 10,000 in 2004 to almost 71,000 in 2011.

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Foreign workers swell Norwegians’ pockets

Published on Tuesday, 31st January, 2012 at 13:11 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Hundreds of thousands of job migrants are helping keeping Norway’s economy and living standard buoyant.

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Recent tax authority figures show 387,103 foreign workers paid tax in 2011. Approximately 15% of employment went to foreign workers.

Swedes accounted for the largest influx last year, just over 80,720, closely followed by people from Poland. Numbers of Poles have increased by more than seven times in the last seven years, going from around 10,000 in 2004 to almost 71,000 in 2011.

According to reports, many of those working in Norway do not intend to stay permanently, however. Hordaland, Rogaland and Sogn og Fjordane counties had 37,577 temporary foreign workers two years ago.

Norway’s oil industry seems to attract many foreign workers, with 70% of oil firms employing foreign staff. The type of foreign workers coming to Norway has changed over the last few years.

Professor Kjell Gunnar Salvanes at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) told Bergens Tidende, “Large investments in the oil industry and its high returns account for quite a lot of real wage growth. Nevertheless, immigration of highly-qualified workers from Eastern Europe has also contributed to growth.”



Published on Tuesday, 31st January, 2012 at 13:11 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: foreignworkersnorway, norwayjobimmigration.





  
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