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Editorial: Labour migrants head North

Iro came first. She arrived from Greece to study. Then the crisis hit, Iro found a job and stayed. Now her brother Dimitris has joined her to look for work in Norway. Do they represent a wave of job seekers from crisis-hit southern Europe to the Nordic region, we wonder in this month’s theme.

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Nordic region next stop for the Portuguese?

Nordic region next stop for the Portuguese?

Will the Nordic countries see an influx of labour form crisis-hit Mediterranean EU countries? Portugal’s emigration rose by 85 percent in 2011 and 240,000 Portuguese - two percent of the entire population - have emigrated in the past two years. In Switzerland they already make up the largest group of people born abroad. But are the Nordic countries equally tempting?

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From Greek musical dream to Norwegian oil industry job

From Greek musical dream to Norwegian oil industry job

Iro loves music and wanted to learn how to build concert halls. So she moved from Thessaloniki to Trondheim to study acoustics. Meanwhile her home country was hit by a deep crisis. Now she is happy to have secured a job in the oil industry - and her brother Dimitris has joined her in Norway.

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Doctors choose Sweden for work security and job satisfaction

Several Swedish embassies in southern European countries have seen a sharp increase in the number of people who are desperately seeking work. Meanwhile Swedish youths are wanted as guides by the tourism industry in Spain, Greece and Cyprus.

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Spanish seek Icelandic jobs every day

Every day someone from Spain applies for a job in Iceland. Some Spanish travel there and go from workplace to workplace looking for jobs. Meanwhile, Portuguese who worked in Iceland before the financial crisis are getting back in touch with old employers to apply for work.

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OECD: Sweden has the most immigrants - Iceland has the most jobs for them

Sweden has the highest proportion of immigrants. Iceland, where the number of immigrants has doubled in ten years, is fast reaching the same level.

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Editorial: The unacceptable consequences of border obstacles

A long and comprehensive job to find and solve the key problems met by Nordic citizens working in a different Nordic country is nearing its end.

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Home address stops Valgerður’s  maternity pay

Home address stops Valgerður’s maternity pay

An Icelandic woman who lives in Iceland but works for an Oslo-based business experienced the cross border commuter’s nightmare. Despite contributing to Norway’s national insurance fund since 2003, she receives no maternity pay. She doesn’t even know who will pay the hospital bill for when she gave birth to her son. Neither Norway nor Iceland wants to pay.

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All problems are solvable - but new obstacles often emerge faster than old ones are removed

All problems are solvable - but new obstacles often emerge faster than old ones are removed

Border obstacles are words which don’t really do the issue justice. Getting across borders is the least of Nordic citizens‘ problems - they’ve enjoyed a common labour market and passport-free travel since 1954.

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When commuting becomes an obstacle race

When commuting becomes an obstacle race

Border obstacles can be instant traps. But they can also emerge much later as you enter retirement or become unemployed. Half a million Nordic citizens have either moved to another Nordic country or have been cross border commuting in the past ten years. Nordic Labour Journal takes a close look at the statistics and who the commuters really are.

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Nordic border obstacles higher on the political agenda

Denmark’s new government has talked about it, the Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers has done something about it and when Norway takes over the presidency there will be increased attention from the Nordic prime ministers, Nordic parliamentarians and not least the responsible ministers. All wish to improve free movement within the Nordic region.

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Sweden’s Minister for Nordic Coordination Ewa Björling has a soft spot for mines

Sweden’s Minister for Nordic Coordination Ewa Björling has a soft spot for mines

“We want to do something for the mining industry. There has never been Nordic cooperation in that field. Right now there’s a Klondike situation for mining in Sweden, Norway and Finland. If you include Greenland there’s a great Danish interest too,” says Ewa Björling, Sweden’s Minister for Nordic Cooperation.

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Ole Norrback: Border obstacles are all about political will

Ole Norrback: Border obstacles are all about political will

While Nordic politicians talk about the challenges of globalisation and how to turn the Nordic region into a dynamic region of growth, new border obstacles emerge to complicate lives of citizens and businesses alike.

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The ten most serious border obstacles

Border obstacles are not only things that make it difficult for Nordic citizens to settle down and work in a different Nordic country from their own. They are also problems which arise when you move back home, when you fall ill or when you need to draw your pension. NLJ and the Freedom of Movement Forum have drawn up a list of the ten most important border obstacles for working life.

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New ways of life increase need for Nordic ombudsman

New ways of life increase need for Nordic ombudsman

Border obstacles have been on the political agenda since the Common Nordic Labour Market was established in 1954. When one obstacle is removed, another pops up.

New ways of life increase need for Nordic ombudsman - Read More…

Free workplace language training in Denmark

Free workplace language training in Denmark

All foreigners with permanent residency in Denmark are entitled to Danish language lessons. Many language courses are held in the workplace, and businesses see the benefits of in-house language training.

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Nordic region's anti-social dumping drive

The fight against some Eastern European workers' bad working conditions in the Nordic countries depends on better information.

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FMs Lavrov and Støre call border agreement small yet important

FMs Lavrov and Støre call border agreement small yet important

Norway's and Russia's Foreign Ministers signed an agreement on 2 November making it much easier for 9,000 Norwegians and 45,00o Russians to visit each other.

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The changes hidden behind the smokescreen

The changes hidden behind the smokescreen

As the Iron Curtain came down, contacts between the Nordic region and Russia multiplied. Yet the image of the Eastern neighbour needs updating, even in the part of the Nordic region which has enjoyed the friendliest relationship - the Norwegian municipality of Sør-Varanger on the border with Russia. The nickel plant across the border has been a smokescreen both literally and figuratively.

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Russian Arcady's weekly commute to Finland

Russian Arcady's weekly commute to Finland

Many travel the 400 kilometres between Helsinki and St Petersburg on business. Yet despite improved communications, a common labour market still is some time away.

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