Two thirds of immigrants who completed the introductory work program were employed or in school after five years

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Two out of three people who completed the introductory program for newly arrived immigrants in 2013 were in work or education after five years.

The introductory program strengthens the opportunities for newly arrived immigrants to participate in working life and society, as well as their financial independence.

Statistics Norway’s (SSB) latest overview analyzed the program participants who were a part of the introductory program from 2013 to 2017.

“The proportion of those who are active in the labor market increased for all graduating cohorts in the years after the end of the program. 

“Among those who completed the introductory program in 2013, we see that the employment rate increased by as much as 13 to 61% towards 2018,” senior adviser Jinghui Geng Lysen at SSB noted.

Gender gap

More men than women were connected to the labor market, but the gender gap fell every year after the program’s end.

The total share of labor market affiliation increased from 62 to 67% from 2014 to 2018 for the participants who completed the introductory program in 2013. 

In comparison, the share in work or education in the population aged 20 to 50 in 2018 was 85%, while the employment share was 78%.

“The income level for former participants is significantly below the level for the population of comparable age, but there is still an improvement during the first five years after the end of the program,” senior adviser Harald Lunde at SSB concluded. 

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