Still high labour immigration
Population;Immigration and immigrants
innvgrunn, Immigrants by reason for immigration, reason for immigration (for example work, refugee, family reunification), refugees, immigration background, non-Nordic citizens, country background, year of immigration, principal applicants, resettlement refugees, quota refugees, asylum cases, asylum seekers, family reunification, marriage establishmentImmigrants , Population, Population, Immigration and immigrants

Immigrants by reason for immigration1 January 2008



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Still high labour immigration

In 2007, 44 300 immigrants with non-Nordic citizenship immigrated to Norway for the first time. Almost half of them came to work and about one third came because of family. Approximately 10 per cent came due to flight and studies respectively.

Immigrations by reason for immigration. 1990-2007

Resident immigrants per 1.1.2008 by reason for and year of immigration. Per cent

The labour immigration has risen much the last four years, from 4 100 in 2004 to 21 400 in 2007. Most of this growth was due to immigration from new EU countries in Eastern Europe. More than 40 per cent of the 43 700 labour immigrants that arrived in this period came from those countries.

Most family immigrations from Thailand and Iraq

In the period between 1990 and 2007, family was the most common reason for immigration. Family immigration includes both persons who immigrate through family reunification and those who immigrate through family establishment. During the period 1990-2007, almost 77 000 came on family reunification, while 58 000 immigrated for family establishment through marriage. Out of those who came to Norway due to family reasons, immigrants from Thailand are the largest group. After Thailand follow Iraq, Poland, Somalia and Pakistan.

Family immigration, the 10 largest groups. 1990-2007.

More men than women

The majority of the people that immigrated to Norway between 1990 and 2007 were men. There were however differences between the sexes regarding reasons for immigration. Most men immigrated as labour immigrants or refugees, 30 per cent respectively, while most of the women, 55 per cent, came to Norway as family immigrants. Women made a relatively low share of the people who immigrated due to labour, 21 per cent.

The Statistics about reason for immigration include all immigrants with non-Nordic citizenship that immigrated to Norway between 1990 and 2007. Persons who have come to Norway as family immigrants to persons with refugee background are classified as family immigrants. Employees on short-term stays (less than six months) are not registered as residents in the population register and thus not included in the statistics. Persons adopted from abroad are not included in the statistics because they are not considered as immigrants.

The most important data sources are the Central Population Register (CPR) in the Directorate of Taxes, and the Aliens Register (UDB) in the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.