Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2000, page 19-37.
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Integration and marginalization

Immigrants on the Danish labour market 1980-1996

Vibeke Jakobsen

The number of immigrants in Denmark has doubled in the last 20 years. It is – for more than one reason – important for these new members of the Danish society to be integrated – on the labour market and elsewhere – but how well have the immigrants actually done so far? This article offers a short description of the development of the immigrants attachment to the labour market since 1980 – first and foremost based on the findings of the INDEA-project at Aalborg University.

The article shows that immigrants from the neighbouring countries generally have done well on the Danish labour market in the period from 1980 to 1996 whereas immigrants from e.g. Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon have shown a very weak labour market attachment. Furthermore the article contains a discussion of different explanations for this development: both those offered by different economic theories as well as those offered by the INDEA-project.

Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

(Journal for Working Life)




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