Socio-economic integration of immigrants in Denmark

by Aysha Ahmed

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Integration, socio-economic, western and non-western immigrants
Record ID: 1120087
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/16864


Denmark has a universalistic, tax-financed welfare state. The range and extend of welfare services makes it essential that the tax base is sufficient to cover the expenses. An aging population challenges the Danish welfare state but immigration might offer a solution to the shifting ratio of welfare contributors and welfare recipients. The project reflects the extent to which immigrants are socioeconomic integrated in Denmark with a strong focus on the economic contribution. By analyzing scientific litterateur, theories and data from primarily Statistics Denmark we find that there is a vast difference in the level of integration between western and non-western immigrants. We find that western immigrants primarily contribute positively to the economy while the non-western immigrants still lack socioeconomic integration to a greater extend.