Sylvia Brustad, the Norwegian minister for local government and regional development, is expected to propose an increase in the level of immigration during next spring's parliamentary session.
The aim is to relieve inflationary wage pressures caused by a shortage of Norwegian workers. The exact measures have not been outlined, but the ruling Labour Party agreed to relax immigration barriers as part of its budget pact with the centrist coalition composed of the Christian Democratic, Centre and Liberal parties. "The government has committed itself to presenting the proposal to increase the pool of available workers," Liberal Party Chairman Lars Sponheim told Dagsavisen. "If they do not agree to relax the immigration rules, they will be breaking the budget agreement . . .."