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Dangers of working in the public sector

28. February 2019

Many members of the trade union FO experience violence, threats, online and sexual harassment, according to this topical survey produced by Fafo. 3 of 10 employees in the most local part of public sector (municipalities) experience work related issues of these kinds. In the central level (governmental), the same applies to 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men.

Money as an integration carrot?

27. February 2019

The Norwegian government is considering inserting economic incentives in the introductive courses and training in Norwegian aimed at newly arrived immigrants. Fafo has been given the task of developing models based for how this can be done. This will be done in cooperation with Frischsenteret, and might lead to a project to design and run a pilot program.

Substance abuse at work: A common problem

26. February 2019

2 in 5 Norwegian employee representatives know of incidents involving alcohol, drugs or other substances in the local working environment, according to a recent survey conducted by Fafo. 9 percent know of incidents involving gambling.

New project: Why do seniors stop working in kindergartens?

26. February 2019

And what might make them stay? Based on data from registers and surveys, Fafo will conduct an examination and analysis of how many actually quit when turning a specific age, which alternative courses they seek and which factors that might contribute to them staying.

Co-editor in active aging edition

20. February 2019

The last edition of European Journal of Education is a special edition which focuses on active aging and older learners. Tove Midtsundstad has been one of three editors. She has also contributed with three articles, one as the sole author, one with colleague Roy A. Nielsen and one with her two co-editors. The publication is part of The Research Council of Norway’s project “Silver lining”. All the articles are in English.

“’Norxit’ will not help our labour market”

19. February 2019

The Norwegian labour market is in many ways struggling. But the reasons for the strong influx of work migrants from the EU and the underlying weaknesses in the “Norwegian model” will not disappear by tearing up the EEA agreement, warns Jon Erik Dølvik in an opinion piece in Fri Fagbevegelse (in Norwegian).

Vocational innovations?

15. February 2019

How workers that have fulfilled or are in vocational training contribute to innovation within companies has not been thoroughly detailed. In a new project Fafo will perform case studies to clarify this question. We also aim to shed light on the interplay between vocationally trained and workers with higher education, between the first group and apprentices, as well as the part that trade unions and employer’s organizations play.

Video and new report: Education in the Sahel

14. February 2019

Mali, Burkina Faso og Niger are amongst the poorest countries in the world. Three million children never attend or drop out of school. Strømmestiftelsen has introduced «Speed Schools» that offer the children a fast track back to the regular school system. Fafo researcher Tewodros Aragie Kebede has evaluated the program between 2014 and 2018. The report (available both in English and French) was presented during a designated seminar February 14th

Fafo plays a part in European whistleblower seminar

13. February 2019

Fafo researcher Sissel C. Trygstad was one of the lecturers when the Norwegian government hosted a peer review seminar concerning European cooperation on protection of whistleblowers February 14th and 15th. The seminar was held in English. An archived video stream is available.

Shop stewards: Many tasks, not enough time

13. February 2019

Fafo has surveyed union representatives in the workplaces. The aim was to see which tasks take most of their time, what they feel they lack to fulfill their mandate and which motivations they had to volunteer. Most would wish they had more time and access to better information.

Living conditions amongst Syrian refugees in Jordan have improved

13. February 2019

The outlook has brightened amongst Jordan’s many Syrian refugees. According to a national survey, the number of people who is working or under education has increased. 60 percent think the future will offer improvements from their current situation. Still, poverty is widespread. About 40 percent are in risk of starvation. Also, the dependence on aid is widespread and few think that they will be able to return to Syria in the immediate future.

How vulnerable are beggars from Romania?

12. February 2019

A new article discusses whether migration aimed at begging in the streets of the Nordic countries entail risk of abuse. The two authors find that the resources needed to travel to Norway hardly can be monopolized. Also, migration that leans heavily on network or happens in “clusters” also protects the migrants from abuse from external sources. On the other hand: The dependence on tightknit and informal relations means a higher risk of abuse within families or networks, but there is no evidence that this vulnerability is worsened by the migration process.

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