Asylansøgeres muligheder for at komme i arbejde: Asylum seekers opportunities to enter the labour market

Adnan Ibrahim Al-Adhami, Dicte Bjarup Thøgersen, Laura Barfoed Mikkelsen & Pernille Viola Robrahn

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this paper is to highlight the challenges that asylum seekers meet in the asylum system, when they want to enter the labour market. Furthermore, this paper wants to examine the issues that are connected to these challenges, and whether it has an impact on the integration, when asylum seekers are left outside of the labor market. To investigate our research question we have primarily used interviews, including a qualitative research interview with an asylum seeker, Nora, and two expert interviews with Morten Goll, day to day head of the Trampoline House and Peter B. Dalsgaard, who is education- and intern supervisor for the humanitarian organization Røde Kors. The expert interviews are applied to obtain a wide knowledge, while the qualitative research interview is used to get an insight into the everyday life of an asylum seeker, including which challenges are connected to being an asylum seeker looking for a job. In addition to this we have utilized articles that contain statistics, facts and personal stories. Through the analysis and the discussion we can conclude that there are several challenges in the asylum system. With the use of theories about bureaucracy and bureaucratism we have reached the conclusion that there are some rules and laws in the asylum system that are too bureaucratic. These often contribute to making it difficult for the asylum seeker to get into the labour market and at the same time they do not make it attractive for an employer to hire them. Through theories about acknowledgement, violation, Maslow's hierarchy of needs and a definition of integration we have discovered how it affects the asylum seeker to be outside the labour market. For example, we have concluded that it in many cases has a negative impact for an asylum seeker to be outside the labour market, because, for many, labour is equal to the possibility of becoming integrated in a society. However, it is still important to consider the fact that it is possible for the asylum seekers to integrate in other ways, for example through internships and voluntary organizations, where they meet fellow Danish citizens, which may also give them a possibility to be part of the Danish society.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
VejledereChristian Skjald


  • Integration
  • Maslow
  • Asylansøgere
  • Asylansøgere i arbejde
  • Honneth
  • Robert Merton