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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Unemployment rises but more Ukrainians hired

A total of 119,000 people in Norway are now officially unemployed, pushing the country’s unemployment rate up to 4 percent last month. That’s still considered relatively low, though, and more Ukrainian refugees have found work.

The latest numbers from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) show unemployment up by half-a-percentage point from this time last year. Of the roughly 27,400 new jobs created, more than 20,000 went to immigrants, many of them from Ukraine.

Latest figures show there are now around 75,000 Ukrainians in Norway. Around 20 percent of those aged 20 to 66 now have jobs, most of them young women working in the hotel and restaurant, health care and retail sectors.

The Norwegian government is now tightening up the so-called “collective protection” Ukrainian refugees have received since Russia invaded their homeland in February 2022. Now many need to apply for asylum, and those who weren’t living in Ukraine at the time of the invasion may not receive it when immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) starts individual reviews of asylum applications.

“We need to be sure that we have a sustainable level of arrivals in Norway,” Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Thursday. As many as 1,000 Ukrainians may be asked to leave the country. staff





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