Nearly 37,500 non-Nordic citizens immigrated to Norway last year. Fewer immigrants left in 2019, while work immigration continued to rise.
Employment was the most important immigration reason last year, and 16,100 people came to Norway to work during 2019, according to Statistics Norway .
This is an increase of 889 persons from the previous year.
12,500 people immigrated last year for family reasons, while 4,300 people were granted residency permits in Norway as refugees. Both of the latter two groups went down compared to 2018. So did the number of immigrants comming to study.
However, the increase of working immigrants nevertheless contributed to keeping the total proportion of immigrants at the same level as in 2018.
Poles still make up the largest group of non-Nordic labouring immigrants. 3,600 Poles immigrated in 2019. Just behind them, 1,800 people from Lithuania followed, and then 1,000 work immigrants from India.
The largest proportion of those who arrived in Norway as refugees last year was from Congo. 1,300 Congolese were granted residency permits last year, whilst 1,200 refugees arrived from Syria.
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