Labour migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in the Nordic countries

Patterns of migration, working conditions and recruitment practices

image of Labour migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in the Nordic countries

This report presents the results from a project that has aimed to generate new comparative knowledge about labour migration from Central and Eastern Europe to the Nordic countries, the factors that shape wage and working conditions for labour migrants and recruitment processes and practices. In the report we:

- Describe and compare patterns of labour migration between Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic countries.

- Compare the working conditions of Polish labour migrants in in Oslo, Copenhagen and Reykjavik – and analyse how their labour market situation is shaped by variations in national regulations, systems of collective bargaining and local labour market structures.

- Analyse the particular role of recruitment agencies in introducing new migrants to the Nordic labour markets.

The research has been conducted by a team of researchers from Fafo (Norway), FAOS (Denmark), CIRRA/MIRRA (Iceland), CMR (Poland) and SOFI (Sweden).



Polish migrants in the three cities – who are they?

Before embarking upon the analysis of the employment and working conditions, this section offers a brief presentation of the Polish migrants in the three cities. The section describes central individual characteristics of the Poles concerning gender, age, family arrangements, educational level and their length of stay in the Scandinavian cities. It is important to emphasize that the aim of this section is not to give a full account of the characteristics of the Poles who travel to the Scandinavian cities, but only to give information on a few of the main background variables that characterises the groups residing in the three cities.


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