Job Mismatch in the Danish Labour Market. The perceptions and experience of Lithuanian and Polish workers

Anna Danuta Dros & Mante Gaizutyte

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The aim of this thesis is to shed light on job mismatch and its underlying processes among foreign workers from Lithuania and Poland in Denmark. To achieve this, relevant literature is reviewed on the topic which refers to the results of different studies on the measures and determinants of job mismatch and discrimination. Moreover, it analyses Danish labour market characteristics and their presumable impact on the problem. Furthermore, this study presents data derived through a mixed study method, which sheds unique light on the position of Lithuanian and Polish workers in Denmark, their experience in the labour market and different factors which make them likely to accept a job for which they are overqualified. Altogether, this thesis attempts to investigate which factors are important in determining a probability of being mismatched. For this purpose, it explores the perceptions of immigrants from Lithuania and Poland on job mismatch and challenges the assumption that overeducated immigrants are more likely to feel discriminated against. By emphasizing the importance of access to particular categories of job, our findings show what the immigrants‘ perspectives are for their participation in the labour market and for acquiring higher status jobs in Denmark.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatVirksomhedsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 apr. 2013
VejledereLaura Horn


  • Discrimination
  • Job mismatch
  • Lithuanian and Polish immigrants
  • Foreign workers
  • Danish labour market
  • Overeducation