Reports 2012/33

Immigrant Labour Market Statistics from the Norwegian Labour Force Survey

Documentation of estimation procedures

Statistics Norway have developed a new estimation procedure intended for labour market statistics regarding immigrants, based on the Labour Force Survey. The procedure links individual data from administrative registers to sample data in order to adjust for nonresponse error. The estimation method is post-stratification by age, gender, register-based employment status and country of birth.

The results from the new estimation procedure show a lower employment rate for immigrants, which we believe is more realistic than the corresponding figures resulting from the ordinary procedure. We recommend that users consider this when making analyses about immigrants based on Norwegian Labour Force Survey data.

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