Last year, 36,900 non-Nordic immigrants came to Norway, a decrease of 5,700 from the previous year. Almost half came because of work.
Labour-immigration from outside the Nordic countries increased by 900 people last year, and work was the most important immigration ground in 2018. In 2016 and 2017, family immigration was higher than labour immigration.
In total, 15,000 immigrants came to Norway last year, 12,700 who immigrated for family reasons and 4,700 refugees who received a stay. 4,200 people received a stay due to education showed figures from Statistics Norway published on Monday.
The Polish are the largest group of migrant workers, with 3,600 followed by 2,000 Lithuanians. The third largest group that immigrated for work was Indians at just over 800 people.
Among those who came here for familial reasons, 9,200 were family reunifications, while 3,500 came to Norway because of family establishment.
One of five family immigrations last year was for people who have been resident as refugees in Norway. Syrians were in the majority among those refugees, with 2,700 out of a total of 4,700. Syrians have now become the largest group of people with refugee backgrounds in
Immigrants from Congo were the second largest refugee group, with just under 700 people, followed by Eritrea with 500, and Afghanistan with 200.
In total, 52,000 immigrants came to Norway last year. At the same time, 34,000 people emigrated, which gave a net immigration of 18,000.
Total population growth last year ended at 32,000, which gave a population of 5,328,000 at the turn of 2019.
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