Immigration at an all time high in 2012

Net immigration to Norway was 47 300 in 2012 and has never been higher. For the past six years, the total net immigration has been 258,400, about three times higher than the previous six-year period.

Where do the largest groups come from?

Among all immigrants in 2012, 63 percent came from Europe. Polish and Lithuanian nationals are the two largest groups, and amounted to half of the European citizens who moved to Norway.

Net immigration of non-European nationals grew from 13,200 in 2011 to 17,800 last year, a 35 percent increase.

Where do immigrants settle?

Net immigration was particularly high in Rogaland and Hordaland with 10,900, up from 8,200 in 2011. Next came Oslo and Akershus with 10,600, which was down from 14,300 the previous year.

Net immigration from abroad outweighs both domestic migration and birth deficit. Without an immigration surplus the population in eight of Norway’s counties would have declined, especially  Nordland and Oppland.

Labour costs

Labour costs in Norway are running 60 percent ahead of those in EU countries compared to 20 percent seven years ago.

The gap is extreme in some cases: While an industrial worker costs their employer NOK 308 (USD 56) per hour in Norway, the comparative cost of an industrial worker in Poland (adjusted for differences in sick leave, length of vacation time, employer taxes and other costs) was just NOK 38. 

New investments? 

The level of earnings in the industrial sector can help explain why some firms in Norway are moving production abroad, not least to Poland, but SSB nonetheless expects other mainland investments to be made in Norway, also in the non-petroleum sector. So there’s no reason to believe that immigration will decline in the coming years.


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