Around 400 Ukrainian refugees in Norway have found work after arriving in Norway from the war-torn homeland, new NAV figures show.
A total of 500 Ukrainians joined the workforce between March and May, and around 400 of them are refugees, NAV told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
“This is both impressive and gratifying. We know that the workplace is a key arena for inclusion,” NAV director Hans Christian Holte told the channel.
He believes there is reason to believe that many of the refugees who have found work have a higher education than is usual among Ukrainian refugees. However, he is still optimistic about the time ahead.
Researcher on immigration and integration Vilde Hernes at Oslo Met believes, however, that it will take time to get most Ukrainian refugees into the labor market and that many will probably have to advance their education. She points out that the language barrier is highly present in the group.
“The impression in the media is often that Ukrainian refugees speak English and are going straight into the labor market. This is not true. Only 10% speak fluent English, and over 50% have very limited English skills,” she noted.
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