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Immigrants ‘give up’ on Norway. Homogenous and labour-starved Norway is losing foreign workers. Many choose to move back to their own or other countries after a short period. “Adapting to the highly institutionalised Norwegian society presents challenges. You have to understand the rules of play, have an independent economy, and a social network. It’s challenging for anyone if they are unskilled or little education,” Somali Bashe Musse, a ‘Norway veteran’ of 23 years with a BA in Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science, tells NRK. Figures from Statistics Norway show the number of employed immigrants increased between Q4 2009 and 2010, and estimated growth over the next few years means the country needs a foreign workforce.

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Immigrants ‘give up’ on Norway

Published on Thursday, 22nd September, 2011 at 15:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Homogenous and labour-starved Norway is losing foreign workers. Many choose to move back to their own or other countries after a short period.

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“Adapting to the highly institutionalised Norwegian society presents challenges. You have to understand the rules of play, have an independent economy, and a social network. It’s challenging for anyone if they are unskilled or little education,” Somali Bashe Musse, a ‘Norway veteran’ of 23 years with a BA in Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science, tells NRK.

Figures from Statistics Norway show the number of employed immigrants increased between Q4 2009 and 2010, and estimated growth over the next few years means the country needs a foreign workforce.

Nevertheless, whilst over half of Norwegians favour decreased immigration, and many are moving from certain areas due to an influx of immigrants, immigrants and asylum seekers are choosing to leave Norway themselves. 30 percent of Somalis, Iraqis, and Pakistanis emigrate after some years, as do nationals from other countries.

One immigrant in Oslo says, “They get fed up with Norway, given no possibilities regarding work or education”. “You get a feeling a Norwegian doesn’t like you when speaking with him/her. I’m moving back to Pakistan,” remarks another.

Peace Research Institute Oslo’s (PRIO) Tove Sagmo believes one reason is that many Norwegians see their own country through rose-coloured glasses.

“We often believe Norway is the big honey pot, where everyone wants to come to, and with the best society in the world. However, maybe the fact that people are leaving signals it’s not as good as we think.”




Published on Thursday, 22nd September, 2011 at 15:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayimmigrationandintegration, foreignworkforce.


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