Polish lives in Norway

Polish father with baby girl. Photo: colourbox.com

Polish nationals make up the largest community of immigrants in Norway. What do we know about their lives here?

We hereby invite you to our seminar, Polish lives in Norway, with a focus on: work life, family and child upbringing in a migration context.

Place: Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo
Date and time:
Wednesday 14 June 2017, 09:00 – 15.00

Over the past 25 years, the level of migration to Norway has increased dramatically; at the beginning of 1992, immigrants made up 4.2 percent of the population. Today the figure is four times as high – 16.8 percent. According to Statistics Norway, immigrants from Poland are by far the largest immigrant group – with 97,200 persons.

Considering the large number of Polish people living in Norway today, little is known of their lives apart from work. Studies have focused primarily on their work life and their position in the Norwegian workforce, but research has also been conducted into other sides of their daily lives that is not known to the general public. This seminar will present new research findings on different aspects of the lives of Polish immigrants in Norway.

The seminar is hosted by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), now OsloMet, on commission by the Norwegian Courts administration and the Polish Ministry of Justice financed through Norway Grants.


09:00 – 09:30
Coffe & tea

09:30 – 09:45

09:45 – 10:15
Labour migration from Poland
By researcher Kristian Tronstad, NIBR/HiOA

10:15 – 10:45
Immigration from Poland to Norway: The labour market’s principal significance for mobility, integration and societal consequences
By researcher Jon Horgen Friberg, Fafo

10:45 – 11:15
The need for legal aid among Polish labour immigrants
By researcher Ada Engebrigtsen, NOVA/HiOA

11:15 – 11:45
Will be announced shortly : Contribution from Polish researcher

11:45 – 12:45

12:45 – 13:30
The Norwegian child welfare services. To be blamed?
By researcher Jørn Holm-Hansen, NIBR/HiOA and Maciej Czarnecki journalist and author

13:30 – 14:00
Polish work migrant families in municipalities in Western Norway
By researcher Gunn Vedøy IRIS

14:00 – 14:30
Multiple masculinities of Polish migrant men?
By researcher Justyna Bell, NOVA/HiOA

14:30 – 15:00


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