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Norway immigrants walk away with the jobs. As Norwegian politicians want to stop foreigners exporting benefits abroad, Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen acknowledges immigrants are vital to keep Norway going. “The Norwegian economy has a high demand for labour, and accomplishing all the tasks and experiencing the growth we have had would not have been possible without labour migration,” he said, as he presented the draft 2013 budget proposal, Monday.  Foreigners have filled 200,000 of the 316,000 new jobs created since Labour assumed power in 2005. In 2011, 35,000 of the 47,000 additional people employed were immigrants. 

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Norway immigrants walk away with the jobs

Published on Tuesday, 9th October, 2012 at 12:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th October 2012 at 13:23.

As Norwegian politicians want to stop foreigners exporting benefits abroad, Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen acknowledges immigrants are vital to keep Norway going.

Minister of Finance Sigbjørn Johnsen
Minister of Finance Sigbjørn Johnsen
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet/Flickr


“The Norwegian economy has a high demand for labour, and accomplishing all the tasks and experiencing the growth we have had would not have been possible without labour migration,” he said, as he presented the draft 2013 budget proposal, Monday

Foreigners have filled 200,000 of the 316,000 new jobs created since Labour assumed power in 2005. In 2011, 35,000 of the 47,000 additional people employed were immigrants

Forecasting continued foreigner influx, Minister Johnsen underlined Norway will need the highly skilled people immigrating to Norway in the years ahead.

He warned, however, that easy access to labour might mean sloppiness when it comes to “opening opportunities for those sitting on the outside.”

“This shows we have to intensify efforts so we can manage to mobilize our own [Norwegian] workforce to a greater degree,” business daily Dagens Næringsliv reports him as saying.

The Minister’s comments are good news for labour migrants, but not all that glitters is gold, according to Knut Røed, senior researcher at Oslo’s Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research.

He cites that deploying foreign labour in worse times is a challenge, also taking account of Norway’s welfare state may be quite tempting to this particular group.

“We have some experience in Norway in relation to earlier cohorts of working migrants,” he tells The Foreigner. “Indications from the 1970s, when there was a high demand for labour, show quite a large proportion of these people exited the labour market after 10 to 15 years and started drawing long-term disability benefit.” 

“They were disproportionately hit by cyclical fluctuations in the ‘80s, where there were two bad periods, and labour migrants were the first to lose their jobs,” explains Mr Røed.

Adding this does not necessarily show immigrants come to Norway purely to take advantage of Norway’s benefits schemes, though, the researcher says, “They ended up using the social security system to a disproportionate degree.”

“What is going to happen to them when there are downturns in the future is a very important issue. It might be a challenge getting labour migrants back into the market over time,” he concludes.




Published on Tuesday, 9th October, 2012 at 12:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th October 2012 at 13:23.

This post has the following tags: norwayimmigrants, worknorway, norwaywelfare.





  
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