Immigration and Work Integration of US- Americans in Norway


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OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University

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Master i International Social Welfare and Health Policy


The aim of this study was to uncover the ways in which US- American immigrants to Norway experience the integration and immigration process, particularly in the domain of employment. I collected stories from informants in the form of nine semi-structured interviews which took place in the fall of 2018. Using narrative analysis, I evaluated the ways in which these individuals represented their experiences. The informants, who came to Norway without the security of employment, described their experiences obtaining work and participating in the Norwegian labor market, as well as their overall experience integrating into Norwegian society. Findings show the important role of employment for the integration of the informants and aligned with previously determined “effectors” for integration including language skills, social connections, as well as societal structures and the role of discrimination. I document a linkage between self-confidence and social status, language skills, and employment/ economic status. Furthermore, this research addresses the ways in which informants connect their immigration experience to a shift in their values and identity.




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