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    Norway Has Most Eastern European Labourers

    Norway has most eastern European labourers


    It was an advantage for the Nordic countries when the EU opened its borders in 2004 and the Eastern European countries began sending labour to the Nordic region. Paradoxically, Norway, which is outside the EU, has received the highest number of immigrants while Sweden, with no restrictions of access, has received the fewest, explained Norwegian researcher Line Eldring at a seminar in Copenhagen on the effect of free mobility of labour.

    The Danish Parliament’s Labour Market Committee hosted MPs from the Nordic and Baltic countries on 21 and 22 April. Some of the participants also represented the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly.

    Line Eldring, with Jon Erik Dølvik, has written the report ‘Labour Mobility from the new EU member states to the Nordic countries’ published by the Nordic Council of Ministers. She showed even newer statistics at the seminar. From 1 January 2005 to 1 March 2008 Denmark, Norway and Sweden have issued work permits to 153,000 immigrants from Poland, 42,000 from Lithuania, 8,000 from Latvia and 5,000 from Estonia. In addition, 16,000 have come from other new EU member states. They have taken jobs in the building trade, agriculture and industry in particular.

    Paradoxically, Norway, which is outside the EU, has received the highest number of immigrants while Sweden, with no restrictions of access, has received the fewest. Norway has issued work permits to approximately 45,000 people from the three Baltic States in that period, Denmark over 7,000 while the figure for Sweden is only around 3,000. Thus it is not regulations but demand and wages levels that influence the movement of labour. Line Eldring also briefly discussed development in the countries of origin for the immigrants east of the Baltic Sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagna View Post
    Norway has most eastern European labourers


    It was an advantage for the Nordic countries when the EU opened its borders in 2004 and the Eastern European countries began sending labour to the Nordic region.
    What kind of advantage and for whom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroeneWolf View Post
    What kind of advantage and for whom?
    I believe it is an advantage for the immigrants and for the employers who can do away with paying less. In other words, for everyone but the Norwegians. I believe non-Germanics should not be in Norway, even if they are "white".


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