Johansen opposes NHO relief proposal. He fears it would increase imported infection in Norway

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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The employers’ association NHO asked the Norwegian government to ease the requirements for labor immigration. The request makes City Council chief Raymond Johansen in Oslo uneasy.

NHO is pushing the government to make it easier for companies to get labor from abroad. The proposals are put forward in a letter that Børsen has been given access to.

In the proposal, NHO asks Solberg to ease a number of entry restrictions.

Among the requirements, they want the abolition of the current regime with individually based applications and the simplification of the requirements for documentation.

In addition, they also ask for greater flexibility in the length of approved stays.

Johansen: Imported infection remains a major threat

But NHO’s request was met with little understanding from City Council leader Raymond Johansen (AP) in Oslo, who believes the risk of imported infection would increase.

“There is no doubt that imported infection is the major threat to all our progress and all our attempts to keep the pandemic under control,” Johansen told Børsen.

Director of working life at NHO, Nina Melsom, emphasizes that the relief proposed by the employers’ association is not about abandoning the various infection control measures.

“We believe that as more and more people are getting vaccinated, and the watertight quarantine schemes, this is something the government must consider,” she said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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