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Norway labour officials try to tackle increasing joblessness among Poles. Aust-Agder County Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) staff try out-of-work Poles find work. This even includes looking for opportunities in other parts of Europe including Poland. “It’s a struggle to earn enough money to survive. I’ve applied for regular jobs, and spent some money on travelling to many places to talk to people. But it feels hopeless,” Dawid Thomasz Knotik told NRK. NAV Director Hilde Høynes said that it is important for those out of work to think about looking for jobs elsewhere in Europe.

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Norway labour officials try to tackle increasing joblessness among Poles

Published on Thursday, 5th December, 2013 at 06:24 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 5th December 2013 at 06:49.

Aust-Agder County Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) staff try out-of-work Poles find work. This even includes looking for opportunities in other parts of Europe including Poland.

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“It’s a struggle to earn enough money to survive. I’ve applied for regular jobs, and spent some money on travelling to many places to talk to people. But it feels hopeless,” Dawid Thomasz Knotik told NRK.

NAV Director Hilde Høynes said that it is important for those out of work to think about looking for jobs elsewhere in Europe.

“We have to show them other possibilities in other places if they remain unemployed in Norway for a long time,” she explained.

But with the jobless rate 10 per cent higher in Poland than in Norway, and NAV benefits paying more than the Polish minimum wage, 30-year-old Mr Knotik thinks convincing people to exit Norway will be difficult.

“They [NAV] are just trying to convince us that there's been a change in Poland but Polish people here don’t believe it. We only get to know half the truth.”

Mr Knotik, who along with his brother has not earned employed income for three months, is not planning to leave Norway to look for work.

A house-owner, he would rather wait until job prospects improve.

“I’ve only just begun my future in Norway,” said Mr Knotik.

“We certainly want qualified Polish and workers from other countries. We need manpower,” stated NAV-EURES (EURopean Employment Services) advisor Eli Skaug Syvertsen.

“Nevertheless, the important thing is that you must have a job and we need to look at which opportunities exist in Europe or Poland for those without one,” she concluded.



Published on Thursday, 5th December, 2013 at 06:24 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 5th December 2013 at 06:49.

This post has the following tags: norwaywork, unemploymentnorway, foreignersnorway.





  
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