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Immigration rules being exploited. Norway’s Directorate of Immigration (UDI) says employers are abusing a scheme to bring restaurant workers into the country. Investigations by Asker and Bærum police have shown applications for kebab restaurant employees, pizza bakers and kitchen staff, amongst others, with salaries listed as exceeding 500,000 kroner. In a long article in VG, it is revealed the establishments made barely more than a million kroner annually. 

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Immigration rules being exploited

Published on Saturday, 10th March, 2012 at 08:19 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 10th March 2012 at 08:37.

Norway’s Directorate of Immigration (UDI) says employers are abusing a scheme to bring restaurant workers into the country.

Woodfire oven (illustration photo)
Woodfire oven (illustration photo)
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Investigations by Asker and Bærum police have shown applications for kebab restaurant employees, pizza bakers and kitchen staff, amongst others, with salaries listed as exceeding 500,000 kroner.

In a long article in VG, it is revealed the establishments made barely more than a million kroner annually. 

These applications were made due to rule changes allowing unskilled workers from non-Schengen countries to work in Norway and avoid other stricter regulations.

Employers within the retail, warehouse, cleaning, and construction sectors, for example, have also been found trying to abuse the system.

Police are of the opinion this could be used for purposes including money-laundering, forced labour, and human trafficking.

Whilst Progress’ (FrP) immigration policy spokesperson, Morten Ørsal Johansen, calls for action, saying “we’re not short of pizza bakers in this country”, government officials are promising action.

“Any abuse must be cracked down upon. We’re now considering changes to ensure we get the workforce we need, but also prevent abuse”, Labour’s (Ap) Deputy Minister of Labour Gina Lund told VG.

The UDI's rules on what it calls "ethnic cooks" can be found here (external link).



Published on Saturday, 10th March, 2012 at 08:19 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 10th March 2012 at 08:37.

This post has the following tags: norwayimmigrationdirectorate, pizzabakerimmigrationnorway, kebabsinnorway, immigrationlawabuse.





  
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