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Earning gap between immigrants and Norwegians narrows signifying a more broad based and open job market

Friday, 06 July 2012
One major observation in Norway which might encourage Sweden to look into closer is its labour market. The gap between Norwegians and immigrants has narrowed, suggesting a pretty welcoming and broad based market.

This also remarkable given that the surge in job seekers from Eastern Europe to Norway is not a too distant issue

Already the Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said earlier this week that his government will look into the strategy used by the Norwegians to keep their labour market in such a good shape.

The types of picture painted which suggests that Eastern European immigrants are social "jumping", not social dumping, is a reality, according to a think tank,  Civita.

Civita’s analysis shows that immigrants from Eastern Europe are enjoying strong revenue growth, much higher than income growth in the Norwegian population, once they come to Norway. And this revenue comes after they have already gained a strong revenue jump by moving from the wages levels in their country of the wage level in Norway.

Since 2006, the Norwegians had a revenue growth of 20 percent. In the same period, immigrants from Lithuania sae their own wage grew by 48 percent, according to figures from Statistics Norway, writes the Norwegian business daily Dagens Naeringliv.
Poles who arrived the same year, experienced a revenue growth of 29 percent over the period.

The figures, obtained from Statistics Norway of households, show the income of certain groups of people who came to Norway in that year, and who have been residents. The statistics circles Lithuanians out as a group that has particularly gained higher revenue growth after arrival in Norway.
(Photo-Dagens Naeringliv)
The group of Lithuanians who came in 2005, had an average income in 2006 of Nkr212,000. In the general population, the average income was Nkr334,000 in comparison in the same year. Lithuanians, who earned Nkr 212,000 in 2006, had an income of Nkr314,000 in 2010, while the average in the population earned just below Nkr400,000.

Lithuanians contacted by  Dagens Næringsliv say that there are opportunities here, that is in Norway. “We can go shopping, go on vacation, buy a house and car and make a family. In Lithuania, the atmosphere is tense. The economic problems mean that people are acidic and have a darker look at life and the future.”
“But in Norway, people are happy and optimistic,” says says Stakauskas Rome (28) to the paper, who moved from Lithuania to Norway with his wife Doville Stakauskiene (27).

In 2005 there were only 374 Lithuanians who had come to Norway. Since then after, the number increased markedly year by year, and for all groups, the picture is the same, namely, that the revenue increases, and clearly more than the population general picture.

The report came out as questions have been increasing asked about economic welfare of Eastern Europeans in Norway. It was said in certain circles that the Norway was the duping ground of eastern Europeans. Civita took to examine if this was the case.
By Team

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