Unemployment Regulation is Discriminatory for Foreigners

Commission believes that both Norway and Iceland have to change the rules for payments to foreigners who have worked a short time in the country.

According to the EEA Agreement, Norway can not set requirements for how long a person has been working in Norway for the earned rights from other EEA countries.

But Norwegian law requires that a foreign worker must have worked full time for eight of the twelve weeks before he or she loses job, to benefit from unemployment benefits.

Norway has argued that the rules are intended to prevent insurance fraud. But according to EEA law, such a fraud can be suspected only by handling on case-by-case basis.

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