More Work and Less Social Help

According to a report made for the Directorate of Immigration (UDI), The increase in employment and income, and the decline in the use of social assistance were larger than initially expected.

The report shows that the ban has led to an increase in employment for men by 6 to 7 percent and 4 to 8 percent for women. Income for men increased by 40 000 and between 15 000 and 25 000 for women. The proportion of men who received social assistance fell by 12 to 14 percent.

– It is important to investigate the impact of legal changes.The reason for the report is that the directorate wanted to determine how the change in the rules in family cases in 2003 may affect the condition,” said researchers behind the report, Bernt Bratsberg and Raaum Oddbjørn from the Frisch Centre.

From 1 May 2003, immigrants with residence on humanitarian grounds have a higher income when reunited with a spouse. – It is an important task for the UDI to investigate whether changes in the law has the effect that was intended by the legislature, “said Frode Forfang, Assistant Director of Immigration.

It is the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research (Frisch Centre) who prepared the report “Effects of demand for maintenance capacity in the family reunion” on behalf of UDI.

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