Higher net immigration of Poles and Lithuanians
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Higher net immigration of Poles and Lithuanians

In 2004 the net immigration of citizens from the new EU member countries was 2 000. This was an increase of more than 300 per cent compared with 2003. Both - a considerable higher amount of immigration and a little fewer amount of emigration contributed to this increase. Poles and Lithuanians represented the distinct biggest group with 1 300 and 400 respectively.

Net immigration from the new EU member country citizens. 1996-2004

From 2002 to 2003 we saw a considerable decrease in net immigration from Polish and Lithuanian citizens. It looks like many Poles and Lithuanians postponed their emigration to Norway by one year in the hope that their countries EU membership from May 2004 would make immigration easier.

Nevertheless, net immigration from the new EU-citizens represented only 15 per cent of the total net immigration to Norway in 2004. 36 500 persons immigrated and 23 300 left the country, giving a net immigration of 13 200.

Russian, Polish and Thai citizens had the highest net immigration with 1 400, 1 300 and 900 respectively. One explanation for this phenomenon is an increase in Russian and Thai women who received a resident permit to get married. Also refugees from Chechnya with Russian citizenship contribute to the high figures for Russians.

Net migration from abroad. Foreign citizens. 2004

Decline in international migration for Norwegians

Net emigration of Norwegian citizens was 800, the lowest in five years. Both the number of immigrations and emigrations was lower than in many years. 8 600 Norwegian citizens moved back to Norway, while 9 400 left. The figures for emigrations have not been lower since 1993. For immigrations we have to go back to 1989 in order to find a lower figure.

Seven in ten Norwegians, which left the country, moved either to Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Spain or the USA.

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