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Recent Changes in Migration Movements and Policies: Norway

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According to national statistics, immigration of foreign nationals in 2006 was 37 400, an increase of more than 6 000 compared to 2005. This is the highest level ever recorded. The significant increase was mainly the result of the high level of labour immigration, especially from Poland. Inflows of Polish citizens more than doubled since 2005 to reach 7 500 in 2006. In total, one‐third of all immigrants came from the new member states. But labour migration from non‐ EEA countries has also increased. The number of permits issued for skilled labour ‐ which mainly concern non‐EEA nationals, with Indians now being the leading nationality ‐ almost doubled to 2 000. Preliminary figures for 2007 indicate a further increase.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008


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