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Jobs for Immigrants: Labour Market Integration in Norway


  • Thomas Liebig



Evidence from many OECD countries shows that immigrants, in particular recent arrivals, tend to be especially affected by an economic downturn. The available tentative evidence on unemployment suggests that this is also the case in Norway in the current downturn, particularly with respect to the many recent labour migrants from the new EU member countries. Since this can have a lasting effect on their labour market outcomes, it is important that the integration of immigrants remains a priority for policy. D’après les observations faites dans de nombreux pays de l’OCDE, les immigrés, en particulier les nouveaux arrivants, sont en général particulièrement touchés en cas de détérioration de la conjoncture économique. Les premières informations disponibles sur le chômage permettent de penser que c’est aussi le cas en Norvège au cours de la récession actuelle, en particulier pour les nombreux migrants de travail arrivés récemment. Cela pouvant affecter durablement leurs résultats sur le marché du travail, il est important que l’intégration des immigrés reste une priorité pour les pouvoirs publics. Au cours des années précédentes, le ralentissement de l’économie, les résultats au regard de l’emploi se sont clairement améliorés à la faveur d’une situation économique favorable, et à l’heure actuelle ils sont globalement plutôt positifs par rapport au passé. Même si la forte migration de travail venue d’Europe de l’Est a contribué à la hausse du taux d’emploi de la population immigrée dans son ensemble, les résultats de groupes de migrants de plus longue date se sont également améliorés.

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  • Thomas Liebig, 2009. "Jobs for Immigrants: Labour Market Integration in Norway," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 94, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:94-en

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    1. Peter Huber & Klaus Nowotny & Julia Bock-Schappelwein, 2010. "Qualification Structure, Over- and Underqualification of the Foreign Born in Austria and the EU," FIW Research Reports series II-008, FIW.
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    immigrants; integration; labour market; Norway;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • J8 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards

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