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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-19/947 – measures in Norway

Temporary right to unemployment benefits for laid-off third-country nationals

Midlertidig rett til dagpenger for permitterte tredjelandsborgere

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 04 May 2020 – 31 October 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Measure added 09 July 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)

Background information

The government proposed in May to give laid-off third-country nationals a temporary right to unemployment benefits. As domestic and EEA workers, many third-country nationals were laid-off due to the corona crisis. The government argued that many working immigrants have special skills Norwegian companies need, and that it could weaken the business community's competitiveness if professional skills disappears out of the country during the corona pandemic.

Content of measure

In the end of May, the government proposed to give laid-off third-country nationals a temporary right to unemployment benefits and asked the parliament to approve that extra funds are allocated to cover the increased expenses for unemployment benefits in 2020. Amendment were made to the Unemployment Benefit Regulations 22 June 2020 and to the Immigration Regulations 23 June 2020, and the temporary regulations were made effective for the period 4 May to 31 October 2020. In this period, skilled workers from third countries can continue to stay in Norway during the redundancy period and be entitled to unemployment benefits.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Migrants or refugees in employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The social partners have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The measure have support from the social partners.


  • 29 May 2020: Temporary right to unemployment benefits for laid-off third-country nationals (


Eurofound (2020), Temporary right to unemployment benefits for laid-off third-country nationals, measure NO-2020-19/947 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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