Integration of Refugees on the Danish Labour Market

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Abstract

The unprecedented inflow of refugees in the Nordic countries since 2014 has accentuated debates about the effectiveness of the Nordic models and their labor market integration programs. The ‘refugee crisis’ opened a window of opportunity in which some Nordic countries reformed their policy framework to promote faster and more effective labor market integration of refugees. Denmark is celebrated for its well-functioning flexicurity labor market, but has not been particularly successful in integrating nonwestern migrants and refugees in the labor market. We examine barriers on the supply-side, the demand-side, and in the matching process of the labor market to better understand the labor market performance of refugees. Subsequently, we analyze the new Danish labor market integration programs and discuss preliminary implementation results. Although it is too early to make any final judgments of the outcomes, there are indications of positive changes in implementation and results, while important integration issues remain unresolved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Volume8
Issue numberS4
Pages (from-to)7-26
Number of pages20
ISSN2245-0157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • Employment
  • Wages
  • Unemployment & Rehabilitation
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Age and Diversity

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Integration of Refugees on the Danish Labour Market. / Bredgaard, Thomas; Thomsen, Trine Lund.

In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. 8, No. S4, 27.11.2018, p. 7-26.

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