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Foreigners’ exit helps curbs Norway unemployment. As immigration shows signs of slowing, Eastern European and Nordic countries are leading the exodus from Norway. Q1 2015 Statistics Norway (SSB) net migration, immigration, and emigration figures were 8,648, against 11,282 in the same quarter last year – a reduction of 2,634. 2,600 Polish nationals, the largest migrant group in Norway, came to the Scandinavian country in Q1 2015, some 900 left.

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Foreigners’ exit helps curbs Norway unemployment

Published on Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 at 14:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

As immigration shows signs of slowing, Eastern European and Nordic countries are leading the exodus from Norway.

Fafo's Line Eldring
Ms Eldring advises looking more long-term than making hasty judgements.Fafo's Line Eldring
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Q1 2015 Statistics Norway (SSB) net migration, immigration, and emigration figures were 8,648, against 11,282 in the same quarter last year – a reduction of 2,634.

2,600 Polish nationals, the largest migrant group in Norway, came to the Scandinavian country in Q1 2015, some 900 left.

The SSB’s data also shows that the immigration-emigration rate amongst Swedes was 1,100 and 800, respectively.

Moreover, respective figures for typical labour immigration countries Sweden, Lithuania, and Poland sank 60, 51, and 28 per cent compared with Q1 2014.

The net immigration figures are the lowest for the first quarter since 2007, stated the SSB.

A reduction in demand for foreign labour and completion of several major oil industry assignments are two explanations for this development, reported Dagens Næringsliv, Wednesday.

Both Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) leader Gerd Kristiansen and Tord Lien, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, call labour migration “a buffer” for Norwegian business and the economy.

Ms Kristiansen declared that having this is “certainly very good for Norwegian employment, but not an advantage for those who lose their job and have to leave.”

“Unemployment figures would have been a lot higher if one counted in all of those people who have had to travel home,” she said.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Lien predicted that things will worsen, but was fairly content about the situation regarding labour migration to Norway.

“I believe we’ll have to be prepared for seeing further downsizings in the oil and gas sector in the next 18 months. Workforce import and export is one of Norwegian economy’s buffers. This buffer appears to be working. A reduction in labour migration is good, of course,” concluded the Minister.

At the same time, research foundation Fafo's Line Eldring warns against jumping to conclusions regarding SSB’s figures.

“Although there is a reduction in net migration, the decrease in real numbers is not that high when you examine the figures. We need to look more long-term to get a real picture,” she told The Foreigner.



Published on Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 at 14:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: immigration, work, jobs, employment.





  
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