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Norway – Workers wary of foreign colleagues

21 January 2014

A fifth of workers believe that their workplace has been negatively impacted by becoming more international, reports hegnar.no. The same proportion of workers reported feeling less job security as a result of immigration, while only three out of 10 felt that foreign workers had had a positive impact on their workplace.    

Camilla Grana, Managing Director of Randstad Norway, commented: “Particularly Swedes, but also Danes seem more open and positive about foreign colleagues than Norwegians. Six out of 10 respondents in Sweden and Denmark said that they found that foreign colleagues added value to the workplace. Asian and Latin American countries are also generally much more positive towards internationalisation than their European counterparts.” 

“Understanding the differences between Norway and its neighbouring countries is not straight forward. However, one explanation may be that Norwegians have less experience working in an international environment than many other countries, such as Sweden and Denmark. And as a result our wariness has remained,” she added.

More than 20,000 employees in 32 countries, all in the private sector, answered questions relating to job security and working environment in the recent Randstad Workmonitor.   

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