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Immigrants

When a flood of immigrant workers becomes a trickle

When Poland joined the EU in 2004, unemployment was at 20 per cent, and a flood of workers left the country for higher wage lands such as Norway. Now the tide has turned, and Norway faces labour shortages as Poles stay home.

Striking settlement pattern differences among immigrants in Norway and Sweden

Immigrants from non-European countries tend to be more dispersed throughout the country in Norway than they are in Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Minority youth felt sidelined on the ski track

Minority youth find that activities such as cross-country skiing and forest and mountain hikes are linked to Norwegian ethnicity and whiteness, according to researchers.

Job prospects rise with right contacts

A 19-year-old is less likely to find a job if their friends and contacts are largely unemployed, according to a Swedish study.

Immigrant women fall out of the labour market

A part-time job does not necessarily mean long-term success for integration into working life. Many immigrant women fall out of the labour market after being employed for a while.

Minority girls are doing well, it's the boys who are struggling

Girls with immigrant background are cheered on by their friends, teachers, parents, and the general society, while their brothers drop out of school.

Turning immigrants into good Scandinavians

Norway, Sweden and Denmark have completely different policies towards refugees and immigrants. These differing approaches raise the question of whether citizenship should be a right or a reward in the Nordic welfare states.

Offering free kindergarten is only a first step

Low-income families in Norway are offered 20 hours of free kindergarten a week, but more services are needed to even out inequalities among school children, says researcher.

"Au pairs are underpaid maids”

Norwegian authorities describe the au pair scheme as cultural exchange. In reality, au pairs are professional housemaids with a salary as low as 69 Norwegian kroner an hour, according to researcher.

Romani distrust of government lives on

More Romani people in Norway value the importance of education. But the historical distrust and fear of authority haven’t disappeared.