Migration from the new EU member countries: A part of a Europeanization process or a threat towards the low skilled Danish workers?

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Abstract

During the past four years more than 52.500 Eastern European EU citizens have worked and lived in Denmark. Migrant workers from the new EU countries are characterized by a high degree of mobility, flexibility and eagerness in terms of working and adapting to working conditions. Poorer socioeconomic and working conditions in their home countries as well as being of another cultural background than their Danish colleagues brings with it many challenges. This article examines the consequences of low-skilled labour migration to Denmark from the new EU member countries in Eastern Europe. The article investigates the potentials, limitations and conflicts of interests that are connected with temporary employment of Eastern European migrant workers within the unskilled labour sectors seen from the perspective of Danish labour market actors; politicians, labour marked unions, Danish employers, Danish employees and unemployed workers, as well as the migrants.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationAbstract to the 6th Nordic Working Life Conference, Elsinore, Denmark, April 25-27, 2012 Workshop: “Changing patterns of labour migration in Nordic working life”
Number of pages2
Publication date2 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2012
EventNordic Working Life Conference 2012 - LO-Konventum, Helsingør, Denmark
Duration: 25 Apr 201227 Apr 2012

Conference

ConferenceNordic Working Life Conference 2012
LocationLO-Konventum
CountryDenmark
CityHelsingør
Period25/04/201227/04/2012

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Pedersen, L. M., & Lund Thomsen, T. (2012). Migration from the new EU member countries: A part of a Europeanization process or a threat towards the low skilled Danish workers? In Abstract to the 6th Nordic Working Life Conference, Elsinore, Denmark, April 25-27, 2012 Workshop: “Changing patterns of labour migration in Nordic working life”