African Workers and the norwegian labor market: How African workers are integrated into the Norwegian Labor market
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In Norway, it is common to find African employees working in both the public and private sector. The purpose of this study is to examine how public and private organizations in Norway integrate African employees through instrumental and cultural perspectives, and how cultural diversity matters in an organizational set- up. Do the integration issues affect the agenda and policies in organizations? In addition, if so, how are they perceived by different organizations? These questions have guided the choice of the theoretical framework and the analysis of my research. Before debating on these issues, I wrote an analytical background of themes around immigration and integration, and presented the available information about immigrants and their integration in general. Most of the information I used, came from Statitisk Sentral Bureau (SSB). Going through the historical background of information about immigrants and immigration and defining the key concepts helped me to shape the theory, choice of data and analysis. My aim was to frame and contextualize the research in a factual and interesting manner. The study is built on a qualitative approach and case study research. With a case study it is possible to examine multiple aspect of integration, propose solutions or simply identify the parameters of integration seen from the instrumental and cultural perspective theories and perspectives. Some researchers will argue that what matters is how to deal with the integration of the African employees, rather than only identifying parameters and further, that finding solution to integrations issues in the organizations is better than overlooking and ignoring the issues. The data sources come from interviews with sources working in different organizations. The analytical tools were used to find out how the African employees are integrated in diverse organizations in Norway. The findings of the study demonstrate manners in which different organizations deal with this issue through instrumental and cultural perspectives. At the end there are recommendations, as well as a summary of points of views held by other researches in this field.
PublisherThe University of Bergen
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