Statistics Norway: More immigrants became employed in 2021

Oil workerPhoto: Erik Johansen / NTB

The growth in the proportion of employed immigrants was greater than in the rest of the population in 2021, and the proportion is now at a higher level than before the pandemic.

The proportion of employed immigrants aged 20 to 66 increased by 3.5% to 69% from the fourth quarter of 2020 to the same quarter last year. The group accounted for 55% of the growth in employment in 2021 and accounted for 34,200 more employed people, according to figures from Statistics Norway (SSB).

The proportion of the employed in the rest of the population increased by 1.1% to 79% in the same period – an increase of 28,330 more employed people.

The level of the proportion of employed people among immigrants and the rest of the population is somewhat higher than the level in 2019, i.e., before the pandemic.

Post-corona recovery

The reason for the increase is, according to Statistics Norway, an increase in employment in industries that were hit hard by the corona measures in 2020, such as the accommodation industry.

“There, we see that immigrants had a larger increase in employment than others. But we can also observe this pattern within some other industry groups that have not had quite as strong growth,” section manager Tonje Køber at Statistics Norway stated.

Immigrants from Africa had the largest increase in the proportion of employed in 2021, at 5.1%. The groups from Latin America and Asia also had a larger increase, of just over 4%.

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