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Immigrants replace Norwegian workers. Employers are bypassing young Norwegians without certain job experience in favour of hard-working immigrants. For many immigrants without jobs to go to, moving to a new country can be a challenge. Norwegian working life has traditionally been homogenous. Many employers either ignore anti-discrimination legislation and long-term unemployment amongst immigrants is high.

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Immigrants replace Norwegian workers

Published on Monday, 9th May, 2011 at 10:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Employers are bypassing young Norwegians without certain job experience in favour of hard-working immigrants.

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For many immigrants without jobs to go to, moving to a new country can be a challenge.

Norwegian working life has traditionally been homogenous. Many employers either ignore anti-discrimination legislation and long-term unemployment amongst immigrants is high.

Terms such as ‘non-ethnic Norwegian’ or ‘second generation immigrant’ are common, and police fear planned Schengen expansion will only lead to more crime.

Nevertheless, the Norwegian Central Bank predicts a high influx of foreigners in coming years. Norway also currently has a shortage of engineers.

Glenn Menking, Head of Recruitment for DnB NOR, tells Aftenposten the bank is now looking to foreigners to fill their summer jobs because of a poorer Norwegian work ethic.

“It does not seem as though Norwegian youths see the value of work experience and have, thus, missed out. Increasing numbers of graduates seeking employment here have none at all, which can often be decisive when it comes to who gets a job with us.”

Approximately 20 percent of those applying for summer jobs have previous work experience and come from a non-Norwegian background, according to Mr Menking.

Knut Aarbakke, head of the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne), believes ethnic Norwegians are more than willing to work, arguing, “innumerable numbers of these [youths] in the tourist and travel industries work extremely hard throughout the summer.”

“At the same time, we see they can often choose not to take these jobs because they get so much pocket money,” he says, at the same time encouraging people to apply to gain the advantage of experience.

Meanwhile, Paul Chaffey at trade and employers’ association Abelia warns against generalising about young, ethnic Norwegians, but admits DnB NOR’s experiences come as no surprise.

“We all have a picture that immigrants and their children are a disadvantaged group in Norwegian society, with a lower employment rate and standard of living than the rest of the population, but it seems it is often too easy to make this type of generalisation. In addition, many of our new compatriots are amongst those best adapted to the new Knowledge Society.”




Published on Monday, 9th May, 2011 at 10:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hard-workingimmigrants, lazynorwegians, dnbnor.





  
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