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Mac Seafraidh
Friday, May 27th, 2005, 09:59 PM
Immigrants lead population growth

Norway as a whole had a modest 0.6 percent growth in population last year, but the immigrant segment increased by fully 4.9 percent according to new figures from Statistics Norway (SSB).
According to the SSB, Norway's immigrant population grew by 17,000 in 2004. There are 301,000 first generation immigrants in Norway, from 200 different nations.

A total of 72 percent of the immigrant population comes from non-Western nations. Non-Western immigrants more often marry someone from their own country while Western newcomers more frequently find a Norwegian mate.

A total of 64,000 children were born to foreign parents in Norway in 2004, with 38,000 of these being born to Asian parents.

Most children were born to couples where both parents were from Pakistan and Pakistanis are the largest immigrant group in Norway. Immigrants with a Western background often return to their land of origin after having children.

There are a roughly equal number of immigrant men and women, but gender representation varies greatly from country to country. There are far more women among Thai and Filipino immigrants (85 and 76 percent respectively), while Afghanistan, Great Britain and Iraq have the highest percentile of male immigrants, about 60 percent in all three cases.


(Aftenposten English Web Desk/NTB)

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1047062.ece (http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1047062.ece)