Immigrants have helped to better distribute the population in Norway, report says

Immigrants in Norway live in areas other than the centres, a phenomenon that has been evident in recent decades, reveals a report by NIB – Oslo Met.

According to this report, carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Local Government and District Affairs, the trend of immigrants living in rural areas can be linked to different causes, one of them being immigration rates raised between 2006 and 2016, reports.

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

Another reason why immigrants choose to live in rural areas is that they settled more in the early 2000s and move less often from their initial settlement.

Those who moved between cities and municipalities in the 2000s mainly settled in central areas, but this is no longer common among immigrants these days. Migrant settlement locations vary between immigrant workers and refugees, with the latter moving to more central areas while immigrant workers mainly become farmers and remain in rural areas.

“I am glad that municipalities across Norway are happy to host 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 way to have the refugees live in the municipality when the introductory period is over,” says Gjelsvik.

He also expressed his optimism for successful people, such as those who came to the municipality as migrant workers to settle.

A growing share of immigrants indicates that immigrants are also increasingly affecting internal migration. Much of the internal emigration from the districts in general and from northern Norway in particular is related to the immigrant population.

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

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

“As a first step, we are now opening up to technical personnel who carry out tasks strictly necessary to maintain activity in Norwegian companies. We will now see if we can eventually open up to other employees,” said Trade and Industry Minister Iselin Nybø.

According to this program, essential workers will be brought to several regions of Norway, mainly in technical fields.