Half of all refugees in Norway have jobs

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Just over half of the refugees in Norway aged 25-54 have jobs, reports state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). That compares to around 80 percent of the Norwegian population in the same age group.

News bureau NTB reported this week that SSB’s numbers were from the fourth quarter of 2015, when a refugee influx to Norway reached its peak. Among all refugees aged 15 to 74, 47 percent were employed, compared to 66 percent of Norwegians.

The numbers reflect integration challenges and how residence time in Norway affects employment rates. Refugees who had been in Norway for more than 20 years had the highest rates of employment, with around 60 percent working full time. That number rose to 70 percent among refugees who were younger than 19 when they arrived in Norway.

Education levels also play a key role in employment. More than half of all refugees in Norway only have primary school educations, lessening their chances of finding work.

newsinenglish.no staff

  • richard albert

    Interesting. Now let me ‘share’ this:

    “Integration” is a vexed concept, and News in English has it right, where most do not. It has not conflated “Integration” with published employment statistics.

    I was treated to a most interesting cab ride from the Bergen waterfront to BGO Flesland a few months back. The driver was Persian. He had been here for almost thirty years, and had worked the sea oil trade until the tinnitus that he had contracted on the job made him unfit for further service.

    He said that driving a cab, plus the disability compensation, were roughly equal to his median salary as a roustabout, but that in four months, he was moving back to Iran. (Recall that many of his benefits are portable.)

    Now, my chequered past has taught me to (as a minimum) exchange pleasantries in Farsi. (I am quite a linguist; I can actually order beer in five different languages), so this man spilled. I also flatter myself that he was not particularly keen on BS-ing me. He hated Norway. More specifically, he was driven to insanity by the very aspect of the Nordic persona which is so often parodied as “God’s Frozen Chosen”.

    I don’t think that this was ‘With what I get, I can live like a king back there’. Upon gentle interrogation, he confessed that he had “sixty-two” (fairly immediate) family members. He had about a dozen friends in Norway, and they were mostly fellow oil serfs. I didn’t bring up hygge, because I didn’t wish to be ejected from the cab, along with my baggage – er, luggage. Too may “G’s”.

    So, let us examine the ‘stats’ in light of integration, assimilation, and peace of mind. I am going to contrast this with my Dental Hygienist. Very similar background. One-eighty out in attitude. Visits Iran to commune with a similar extended family, but has expressed absolutely no inclination to return. Brought family to the US. Cab driver warned them off.

    SSB, thanks for your input. News in English, special thanks for reporting this as an honest and discerning news broker. But SSB, you’re off trying to calculate the number of jellybeans in a one-litre jar by extracting the square-root of the root-beer jug. I know that you have been tasked to show that accepting refugees is not a drag on the economy, as the Persians say “falon, falon” (etc., etc.)

    The ostrich is am awesome bird;
    It can’t be be vexed by things it heard.
    It shan’t dismay at things unseen,
    Because of where its head has been!