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November 15, 2022

Immigrants Have Helped to Better Distribute Population in Norway, Report

Immigrants in Norway are living in other areas besides centres, with this phenomenon being evident in recent decades, a report from NIB – Oslo Met, reveals. 

According to this report, completed on the behalf of Ministry of Local Government and District Affairs, the trend of immigrants living in rural areas can be linked to different causes, with one of those being high immigration rates between 2006 and 2016, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. 

“Immigrants are increasingly influencing the settlement of district municipalities and have contributed to the creation of the population in many places in the last 15 years,” the Minister for Municipalities and Districts Sigbjørn Gjelsvik (Sp), said. 

Another reason why immigrants are choosing to live in rural areas is that they became more settled at the beginning of the 2000s and don’t move as often from their initial settlement. 

Those that moved between cities and municipalities in the 2000s mainly were settled in central areas but this is no longer common among immigrants nowadays. Places, where migrants settle, vary between immigrant workers and refugees, with the latter moving to more central areas while immigrant workers mainly become farmers and stay in rural areas. 

“I am happy that municipalities throughout Norway are happy to house refugees and see both refugees and migrant workers as an important resource for creating sustainable and attractive local communities. I think many will also work in a targeted manner so that the refugees will live in the municipality when the introduction period is over,” says Gjelsvik.

He also expressed his optimism for people that are succeeding, such as those that came to the municipality as migrant workers to settle down. 

An increasing share of immigrants indicates that immigrants also increasingly affect domestic migration. Much of the domestic emigration from the districts in general and Northern Norway is especially related to the immigrant population. 

Over time, the county has received many refugees and migrant workers, and the immigrant population now represents more than half of the net migration from Northern Norway.

Earlier this week, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry introduced a new entry scheme through which companies can apply to hire essential foreign workers from third countries. 

“In the first instance, we are now opening up to technical personnel who perform tasks that are strictly necessary to maintain activity in Norwegian companies. We will now look at whether we can eventually open up to other employees,” the Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø said.

According to this scheme, essential workers will be brought to several areas in Norway, mainly in technical fields.