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Polish immigrants talk about life in Norway: Language, integration and culture biggest challenges

The community of Polish immigrants living in Norway shares insight into their lives as part of Norway Today’s two – part series on the subject. Find part one here.

Intro: Statistics regarding immigrants in Norway

In 202018.2% of Norway’s population consists of immigrants and those born in Norway of immigrant parents. The largest immigrant community in the country is the Poles.

Round 790,500 immigrants live in this country, with just over 101,200 people from Poland. The second largest immigrant groups are as follows: Lithuanians (40,600) Swedes (35,700), Syrians (32,000) and Somalis (28,500).

The two main reasons for immigration is labor and then family (turn out refuge and education by triple or more). 9.5% of the immigrants in the labor force were registered as unemployed as of November 2020, while 5.3% of the total labor force in Norway were registered as unemployed in October 2020.

This is most common jobs immigrants have in Norway: 25.1% are service and sales workers, 18% are professionals, 14.1% have basic occupations and 12.6% are craft and trade-related workers. In comparison, these are the most common jobs for non-immigrants in Norway: 28.5% are professionals, 20.1% are service and sales workers, 17.2% are technicians and affiliated professionals, armed forces and 10% are leaders.

Finally, let us summarize Statistics Norway’s findings on attitudes towards immigrants and non-immigrant immigrants (between four options: “completely agree”, “agree with the whole”, “disagree with the whole” and “strongly disagree”) . These are the highest percentage categories. 47% of Norwegians generally agree, and 31% completely agree that most immigrants make an important contribution to Norwegian working life. 38% generally agree, and 34% completely agree that most immigrants enrich cultural life in Norway. 33% generally disagree, and 25% generally agree that most immigrants are a cause of insecurity in society.

On the other hand, 46% voted “more difficult”, and 42% said “as today”, and 6% said “easier” when asked “Attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers access to residence permits in Norway. Should it be easier, more difficult or be the same as today, compared to today? ”.

Norwegian Polish society talks about their struggles

We talked to Anna Najderek, leader of the non-profit Polish-Norwegian association, to hear about the challenges Polish immigrants face in Norway. We also talked to Anna about their successes, which you can read about here.

Anna was kind enough to include several members of the Polish community in sharing information, and asked for input from the Facebook group for Polish people living in Norway.

Here is what society had to say about meeting challenges in Norway.

What are the three biggest challenges facing Poles in Norway?

“Norwegian language, integration and understanding of Norwegian culture. Norwegian language, integration and understanding of Norwegian culture. ”

Have you faced discrimination from the Norwegian government?

“As an association, we have never been in contact with the Norwegian government, since we have not had a feeling of being discriminated against.”

Have you encountered discrimination from the Norwegian public?

“Discrimination is a difficult topic for any foreigner.

“If I were to say that neither I nor my Polish friends faced any discrimination in Norway, I would not be completely honest.

– I think Norway is the same country as many others in a world where we have cases of discrimination.

“Of course, we can not let discrimination from society harm us and remove our desire to stay in a given country.”

What challenges do Poles face in Norway during COVID-19?

“First and foremost, it has been difficult to travel to my home country to visit family in Poland.

“It is a great loss.

– Unfortunately, many Poles also have fewer opportunities to work, which for some has serious economic implications.

– There is still a significant number of Polish dependents who are responsible for two families. One for himself and one for the family in Poland.

“However, I think the biggest COVID-19 challenge is isolation from dear family members.”

Any tips for those who come to Norway?

“Oh, there is a lot to say here.

“My experience is that everyone who comes to Norway should know the law, read the employment contract carefully and find an apartment before they get a job.

“Norway is not an ideal country. One can meet honest as well as dishonest people here.

“Norwegian society is friendly, kind and polite, but more distant than Polish.

“Life in Norway is mostly calm and without stress. The authorities take time, but some problems are not easily solved.

I have learned in Norway TTT – it means that “things take time”.

“It is not helpful to stress, but rather to go to a meeting with a smile and repeat the question to the authorities; What is the status of my case?

“In Norway you can make a lot of money, but you also pay high taxes.

– Renting an apartment and food is also quite expensive here.

“This means that before you arrive in Norway, not only think about your salary, but also the level of your cost of living.”

What do people in Polish society miss most about living in Poland?

“After a series of conversations with friends along with the answers from the Poles in the Facebook group, the Poles miss their family, friends, food, hospitality, openness and not least to visit the neighbor next to you for a cup of coffee without any invitation. ”

What are your least favorite things about living in Norway?

“Hahaha too many rainy days, too high taxes and tolls [tolls]!

“Everything else is just perfect! 😉 ”

Source: Norway Today

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