Immigrants in Norway hardest-hit by corona-fueled unemployment crisis

Unemployed man NAVPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Immigrants in Norway are the hardest-hit demographic in the job market characterized by the pandemic. More people are unemployed now than in previous crises.

Figures from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) show that unemployment among immigrants reached a peak in April at 27%.

By October, unemployment among immigrants fell to 15.8%, but in November, the trend is rising again.

At the end of last month, 16.9% of the workforce who are immigrants were registered as jobseekers, according to newspaper Klassekampen.

Vulnerable groups

NAV’s head of statistics Ulf Andersen does not think the labor market can become healthy until 2022.

“Vulnerable groups, such as immigrants, people with low education, and young adults with a weak connection to working life are affected harder in more difficult times,” Andersen noted.

He pointed out that unemployment among immigrants is now about 75% higher than before the coronavirus crisis.

At the end of November, a total of 196,300 people were unemployed in this country.

That corresponds to 6.9% of the labor force. 113,000 of the unemployed, or 4.8%, were not immigrants.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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