International Migration and Migration Policy in Denmark

CLS Working Paper No. 01-05

34 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2002

See all articles by Peder J. Pedersen

Peder J. Pedersen

Department of Economics Aarhus University ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nina Smith

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

The paper gives an introduction to the persistent problems regarding labor 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 labor market integration, characterized by low participation and high unemployment among non-OECD immigrants. We emphasize problems on the demand side of the labor market, i.e., a high minimum wage and discrimination to some extent, and on the supply side due to weak or counterproductive financial incentives.

JEL Classification: J15, J61, O15

Suggested Citation

Pedersen, Peder J. and Smith, Nina, International Migration and Migration Policy in Denmark (February 2001). CLS Working Paper No. 01-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=298580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.298580

Peder J. Pedersen

Department of Economics Aarhus University ( email )

DK-8000 Aarhus
Denmark
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+45 8613 6334 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Nina Smith (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business Economics ( email )

Universitetsparken
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
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+45 8615 5175 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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