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Norway sees immigration numbers drop

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Norway sees immigration numbers drop
A children's parade at last year's May 17th celebrations. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
17:03 CEST+02:00
Norway’s population increased by 9,300 people in the first quarter bringing the official number of registered inhabitants of the Nordic nation up to 5,223,300.
Through the first three months of this year, 14,333 children were born while 11,022 people died. That gave Norway a birth surplus of 3,511 people, a figure that is almost 1,000 more than the same quarter last year, according to Statistics Norway. 
 
Immigration, on the other hand, was down roughly 17 percent from the first quarter of 2015. Some 14,496 people were registered as immigrating to Norway in this year’s first quarter, while 8,736 people moved out of the country. The immigration number for the same period last year was 16,926. 
 
The number of migrant workers has decreased, while there was an uptick in residents with a refugee background. Net immigration of people from Poland and Lithuania was down significantly. 
 
There are still many who immigrate to Norway from countries in Europe, but there are also many from  these same countries emigrate. Meanwhile, there was a large net immigration from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Somalia. 
 
Asylum seekers without valid residence permits are not included in the statistics.
 
Overall population growth was highest in Oslo, followed by Akershus, Sør-Trøndelag and Østfold. Hedmark had the largest birth deficit, with about 200 more deaths than new babies. 
 
Oslo also has the highest immigration from abroad as well as the largest domestic immigration and emigration.
 
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