Every eight workers in Norway are foreigners. And more to come: the Central Bank predicts record-breaking move to Norway for four years.

Foreign workers operates more and more of Norway. At the end of 2009 there were almost 326,000 foreigners working in Norway. It was barely 13 percent of total employment, or every eight workers.

In comparison, the 249,000 people working in manufacturing in the last quarter of 2009 and 209,000 in education, including those on kortidsoppdrag. Both the number and proportion of foreigners to work in Norway has almost doubled since 2003.

So it will continue: the Central Bank predicts that net migration to Norway is rekordøy each year until 2014.

Czech January Bronovsky came from the U.S. to Norway two weeks ago. Now he lays tile in a new building on Holtet in Oslo.

- There is a reason why I came: Economy. In Norway, there is work to get, "he said.

While talking to Aftenposten, two Icelanders going. They paint and filler.

- The building industry in Iceland is almost closed, "said Daniel Sigurdsson.

In this building, they know about workers from Iceland, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Lithuania and the Philippines, in addition to the Norwegian.
Polish company

Bronovsky working for the firm Nea AS. Owner and general manager are Polish Waldemar Kaczmarek. He came to Norway in 2002 and started his own firm in 2004. Currently he has 12 employees. Most of them are Poles.

- From March to December, there is much to do. In January and February can be less, if you have not secured inside jobs, "said Kaczmarek.

In rows of numbers backwards there are traces of good and bad times in the economy. Is the economy on the upswing, so rises in both net migration and the number of foreign workers.

But the big difference before and after 2004. When the EU expanded eastwards, and it was much easier for job seekers from Eastern Europe to come to Norway.

From late 2003 to late 2009, the number of foreign employees from 169,000 to barely 326,000, including those on short-term assignments. In the same period, the total employment of 2.286 million to 2.572 million, including short-term assignments. This means that foreign workers accounted for over half the employment in these years.

Norges Bank writes as follows in its latest monetary policy report: "Low unemployment and a relatively high wage levels have made Norway an attractive destination for foreign job seekers."
More to come

In its recent projections to 2014, Norges Bank assumes that net migration is 45,000 people each year. So high has never been a year earlier.

It is difficult to say how many of those who will enter the workplace, and how many are children, students, retirees or homemakers. "Most migrants are between 20 and 40 years and therefore has a higher employment propensity than the general population," the Norges Bank.

2006-2008, three very good years. Then, the growth in the number of registered, employed foreigners in general more than two-thirds of net immigration.
Thinking about family

Kaczmarek has taken his family to Norway, while Bronovsky have it in the Czech Republic.

- Norway has beautiful nature, good air and good water to drink from the tap, "says Kaczmarek. He has bought a house and have no plans to move back to Poland. At least not as long as the partner's 10-year-old goes to school.

Bronovsky has a wife and two children in the Czech Republic. He visits them one week every other month. Take them to Norway? He responds with a Latin philosophical phrases.

- Home is where the bread is, "he said.

And the bread is definitely in Norway.
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