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Norway Rightists advocate business foots foreign worker welfare bill. The Progress Party (FrP) says employers should be responsible for non-EU migrant workers’ sick pay costs to save the state money. As immigrants walk away with the jobs, not their Norwegian counterparts, senior researcher Knut Røed at Oslo’s Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research has remarked, “We have some experience in Norway in relation to earlier cohorts of working migrants.” “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 ended up using the social security system to a disproportionate degree.”

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Norway Rightists advocate business foots foreign worker welfare bill

Published on Wednesday, 24th October, 2012 at 14:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Progress Party (FrP) says employers should be responsible for non-EU migrant workers’ sick pay costs to save the state money.

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As immigrants walk away with the jobs, not their Norwegian counterparts, senior researcher Knut Røed at Oslo’s Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research has remarked, “We have some experience in Norway in relation to earlier cohorts of working migrants.”

“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 ended up using the social security system to a disproportionate degree.”

Progress Youth wing (FpU) leader Himanshu Gulati tells The Foreigner, “over the past 30 to 40 years, we’ve seen groups of labour migrants reduce their participation in working life over time.“This is an economic drain on the welfare state.”

Mr Gulati, of Indian origin but born in Norway, proposes companies purchase an insurance policy to cover the costs for new employees instead. 

This two to three year scheme would apply to company personnel not from the EU ill or not able to work.

The “short” proposal, according to the Progress, appears in the latest Party programme draft.

“EU welfare rules are more complicated. Moreover, anyone who becomes a Norwegian citizen then becomes entitled to long-term benefit,” says Mr Gulati.

Progress and Conservative (H) politicians also want to end or curb benefits payments to prevent foreigners exporting them back home. 

Some 2,520 of 2011’s 54,300 immigrants were labour ones from non-EU countries, however. 

Eli Ane Nedreskår, at employers organisation Norwegian Oil and Gas (formerly OLF), finds Progress’ proposal somewhat myopic.

An acute shortage of engineers in the oil and gas sector means many highly educated and qualified foreigners are imported to cover demand.

Moreover, Norway’s hydrocarbon success is largely due to Iraqi-born geologist Farouk Al-Kasim. HRH King Harald recently knighted him Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

“They pay taxes to Norwegian society, and so it’s natural that they share the benefits the welfare state provides, like the other taxpayers in Norway,” Ms Nedreskår explains to broadcaster NRK. 

The Foreigner asked Himanshu Gulati why he chose to join Progress.

“It’s the only Party that deigns to address issues, even if they are difficulty ones. The other Parties are just politically correct,” he declares.



Published on Wednesday, 24th October, 2012 at 14:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: welfarenorway, foreignworkersnorway.





  
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