Caritas: Many immigrants in Norway are not testing themselves out of employment-related fears

Corona testingPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

A total of 17,480 people from Poland and Lithuania, which are the two countries from where the most people travel to Norway to work, were corona tested in Norway in weeks 1 and 2, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI). 

At the same time, the number of registered SIM cards from Poland and Lithuania increased by 31,612 on the Norwegian mobile network in these weeks, according to figures Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has received from Telenor.

From January 2, mandatory corona testing was introduced within 24 hours for everyone who arrives in Norway.

The aid organization Caritas, which works to help migrant workers, believes that many don’t test themselves out of employment-related fears.

“The testing, infection control, and employer responsibility are connected, and they are afraid to report and follow the rules for fear of not getting a job in Norway,” lawyer Marta Frydrych Torkildsen in Caritas noted.

She also believes that difficult-to-access information, complicated regulations, and constant changes are among the reasons why many avoid testing themselves.

Out of 6,769 people who tested positive for the coronavirus in weeks 1 and 2, a total of 439 were born in Poland and 89 in Lithuania. 

That constitutes almost one in thirteen cases of infection in Norway during the period.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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