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International Migration and Migration policy in Denmark

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  • Pedersen, Peder J.

    () (Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Smith, Nina

    () (Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Aarhus School of Business)

Abstract

This paper gives an introduction to the persistent problems regarding labour market integration of Non-Western immigrants and refugees in Denmark. We describe changes in the flow of immigrants to Denmark and the derived changes in the composition of the stock of immigrants and descendants on national origin. Next, the paper describes Danish immigration policy from the guest worker stop in the 1970s and until the recent situation. The shift in the composition of immigrants has contributed to a problematic situation regarding labour market integration, characterized by low participation and high unemployment among non-OECD immigrants. We emphasize problems on the demand side of the labour market, i.e. a high minimum wage and discrimination to some extent, and on the supply side due to weak or counterproductive financial incentives

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  • Pedersen, Peder J. & Smith, Nina, 2001. "International Migration and Migration policy in Denmark," CLS Working Papers 01-5, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:aarcls:2001_005
    Note: Published as: Peder J. Pedersen & Nina Smith. International Migration and Migration Policy in Denmark. 2002. In R. Rotte and P. Stein (eds.) /Migration Policy and the Economy: International Experiences./ Hans Seidel Stiftung. München.
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    1. Pedersen, Peder J. & Pytlikova, Mariola & Smith, Nina, 2004. "Selection or Network Effects? Migration Flows into 27 OECD Countries, 1990-2000," IZA Discussion Papers 1104, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Westergaard-Nielsen, Niels, 2001. "Danish Labour Market Policy: Is it worth it?," CLS Working Papers 01-10, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research.
    3. Galloway, Taryn Ann & Gustafsson, Björn Anders & Pedersen, Peder J. & Österberg, Torun, 2009. "Immigrant Child Poverty in Scandinavia: A Panel Data Study," IZA Discussion Papers 4232, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    Labour market integration; Immigrants; Refugees; Denmark;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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