EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)

Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)

Geographic Location

Country: Norway
Region: Oslo og Akershus; Norge


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84.1 - Administration of the State and the economic and social policy of the community
Number Employed: 1300

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 12-10-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 150
Planned Job Reductions max: 200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2018
Direct Dismissals: 150

Additional Information

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will cut its staff by up to 200 employees, due to a sharp decline in the number of new asylum seekers. All the employees who will now be dismissed were recruited during the migrant crisis in 2015 and have temporary employment contracts. A majority of those affected were newly educated when hired. Most work with application processing in Oslo, some work in regional offices. No permanent employees will be dismissed.

From 2015 to 2016, Europe as a whole saw the number of asylum seekers decline by 7 percent. By contrast, the number of asylum seekers to Norway declined by 90 percent in the same period. In the first nine months of 2017, 3,052 individuals applied for asylum in Norway. The current forecast estimates between 2,000 and 12,000 new asylum seekers in 2018. The 2018 budget for the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, based on a projection of 6,000 new asylum seekers, will be reduced by about 18 percent or NOK  200 million (€21,6 million), compared to the 2017 budget.