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The Fafo-led project "The future of work: Opportunities and challenges for the Nordic models" examines a wide range of aspects of how our Nordic societies are prepared for the future. This report seeks to reveal whether there is a need to adapt Nordic labour law to future working relationships, and, if so, how such an adaptation can preserve the purpose and functions of the laws. The report is comissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Since 2004, migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe have had a central role in maintaining Norway’s production level, especially in industries as construction and manufacturing. The covid-19 virus has made the situation very difficult for many labour migrants. They have experienced quarantines, travel restrictions and closed worksites. However, even before the “shut-down”, it seemed like the Norwegian labour market had become less attractive for the migrants. What can we expect in the years to come?

This article, written by Ingunn Bjørkhaug, discusses how Uganda’s refugee policies create economic profit for some but poverty for others. As a result, its welcoming open door is on the verge of collapse.

An article by Roy A. Nielsen and Tove Midtsundstad investigates whether introducing workplace health-promotion interventions targeting employees with health problems or reduced work ability, as is the aim of the Norwegian establishments’ Inclusive Working Life (IWL) agreement, affected overall sick leave and disability risk.

Based on data from 2000 to 2010, the study finds that such interventions affected overall sickness absence and disability risk only to a minor degree. However, this was mainly due to interventions only having an impact in parts of the labour market. Furthermore, the interventions reduced disability risk but increased sickness absence. Retaining employees with health problems may then cause an increase in sickness absence, although the study suggests that they prolong working careers for some.

During the corona situation many of Fafo's employees will be working from home. Our employees can be reached on telephone or e-mail.

We are pleased to announce that we once again can hold seminars on Fafo’s premises at Borggata 2B. Our seminars will be in compliance with the Public Health Institute's guidelines concerning number of attendees and social distancing. This entails an upper limit of 25 guests, but all our seminars can be watched as live or archived broadcasts. Join our invitation list to receive information and updates.

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The regulation of migration and mobility has become one of the more salient political issues of our time. Yet, despite the massive focus on migration and its consequences, we still know relatively little about many migrant groups.

In an article published in International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Guri Tyldum summarises the pro and cons of using so called respondent-driven sampling (RDS) as a methodology for sampling and analysing survey data from rare and elusive populations such as migrants.