Somalis most satisfied among immigrants

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Somalis clearly made the most of the quality of life among immigrants. Most dissatisfied are immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Poland, and Turkey.


As part of a larger living conditions survey led by Statistics Norway (SSB), immigrants from a total of twelve countries are asked to assess how they experience life.

The assessment was done on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being most dissatisfied while 10 were most pleased. The report “Quality of life among immigrants” looked at these assessments, and what may explain differences in quality of life.

Immigrants from Somalia are the most satisfied,with an average of 8.8.

In addition, the percentage of unhappy Somalis is also among the lowest at 7%. 66% of Somalis placed themselves in the “very satisfied” category.

“Somalis are so pleased even though they experience financial problems, and other living conditions challenges are widespread among them. Over 40% report that they are having trouble making ends meet,’’ Barstad said.

If you see all immigrants as one, 42% were very satisfied. Satisfaction increases with the time spent in Norway and how well they speak Norwegian.

“The percentage of dissatisfied is three times larger among those with very poor Norwegian skills than those with very good skills,’’ Barstad pointed out.

14% of respondents defined themselves as dissatisfied, i.e. between 0 and 5 on the scale. Here, immigrants from Iran, Iraq and Turkey, as well as Poland were notable.

Somalis are the third largest group with foreign backgrounds in Norway after Polish and Lithuanian people.


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