Oil & Norway’s 1975 Immigration Ban

Event
  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•06•14    09:00 - 11:00
    Location:
    Maastricht

    In this seminar, Dr Adrian Shin (University of Colorado Boulder) will explore the link between natural resources wealth and immigration policy formation in Norway.

    The emergence of substantial oil wealth in the 1970s led to the 1975 immigration ban in Norway by reducing the size of the pro-immigration business coalition. When labour-intensive firms in the tradable sector perish due to deindustrialisation during an oil boom, they no longer lobby for pro-immigration policy. Moreover, trade liberalisation exacerbates the negative effect of natural resources income on immigration policy openness by expediting pro-immigration firm deaths in the tradable sector.

    Dr Shin investigated public debates surrounding the 1970s immigration restrictions, then used process tracing to examine alternative hypotheses for Norway’s 1975 ban on labour immigration. He also explored other factors that shape the politics of immigration and immigration policy outcomes, including the rise of right-wing populism in Europe.

    For more, see the event announcement on the UNU-MERIT website.

    About the speaker

    Adrian J. Shin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder,. He specialises in comparative and international political economy, with an emphasis on the political economy of international migration.