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The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants in Denmark

  • Thomas Liebig

The labour market integration of immigrants has been a key issue both in the public debate and on the government agenda in Denmark, triggered by unfavourable employment outcomes of immigrants – the gaps in employment rates of immigrants compared to the native-born are among the highest in the OECD – and a rapid rise of the immigrant population during the past twenty years. Prior to the 1980s, immigration to Denmark was a very marginal phenomenon. Despite the rapid growth since then, with less than 7% immigrants in the population, Denmark still has one of the smallest immigrant populations in Western Europe... Suscitée par les médiocres résultats des immigrés au regard de l’emploi (au Danemark, l’écart entre leur taux d’emploi et celui des autochtones compte parmi les plus importants de la zone OCDE) et par l’accroissement rapide de cette population au cours des vingt dernières années, l’intégration des immigrés sur le marché du travail est une question clé qui fait débat dans l’opinion publique et que le gouvernement a inscrite dans son programme. Avant les années 80, l’immigration dans ce pays était un phénomène très marginal. Pourtant, en dépit de la progression rapide de cette population depuis lors, les immigrés représentent moins de 7 % de la population totale. Ainsi, le Danemark compte encore l’une des populations immigrées les plus faibles d’Europe occidentale...

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