"Norwegian industry should slow the Swedish worker immigration" - Day Aarnes, NHO boss
Monday, 04 March 2013
The sour feelings between the Norwegian and Swedish immigrant workers had now become real.
Norway claims that it has been one of the few countries in Europe to
open its door for immigrants workers but now enough is enough. As such,
Norway is now raising more critical voices against the immigrant
workers from Sweden in particular, writes the Norwegian radio and
television network NRK.
Day Aarnes, (pictured below) who is director of the Norwegian business
organization (NHO) says that immigration has been good for Norway, but
that they should discuss how much immigration the country can tolerate.
Aarnes told NRK that immigration from countries such as Sweden and Poland complicates Norwegian youth employment opportunities.
"The danger is quite real enough. Until now, we have used a variety of
techniques to conceal youth unemployment. We have many in higher
education, perhaps in areas where professional opportunities are not
very good, and we have a lot of work assessment allowance at a
relatively young age. I would argue that we have a hidden unemployment
problem among adolescents in Norway, and that we have a significant
challenge in employment of Norwegian youth in meaningful and gainful
employment," says Aarnes.
NHO director also believes that Sweden and Poland should stop using the
Norwegian working to solve their own unemployment problems.
"Both Sweden, Poland and some other countries should place greater
emphasis on the private labour market, and to reduce unemployment in
their own country. Norway can not save Sweden from youth unemployment,"
Of the more than 300,000 new jobs that have been created in Norway
since 2005, around 200,000 have gone to immigrants, according to the
Looking at the argument that might be thrown around, the NHO boss added
that "some will probably say that it is they (Swedes) who have rescued
us at the moment, but when it comes to youth unemployment as it is, we
are the ones who have rescued Sweden."
He points out that Sweden tried to run away from its responsibility of
creating jobs for the young people by taking steps earlier to send them
to Norway so as to keep youth unemployment low. "I think this is a fair
criticism of the policy in Sweden now," he said.
The swedish oppisition, Social Democrats will surely have something to
talk on the governement about given that it had been hammaring the
governement for its policy of solving the youth uemployment problems by
sending the youths to seek work in Norway.
By Scancomark.com Team
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