Accessing the Danish Labour Market: On the coexistence of legal barriers and enabling factors

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Abstract

Historically, Denmark was a “fist-mover” as a signatory to liberal international humanitarian laws and conventions, especially with regard to refugees. Yet, in recent years Denmark has cherished the role of a different kind of “first mover” – namely as hardliner when it comes to immigration policies. This is evident in the existent political discourse and restrictive immigration policies personified not least in the number of times Denmark has altered (and tightened) immigration regulations. Yet, we demonstrate that while “barriers” exist in terms of entering Denmark, the Danish labour market structure is such that it ends up facilitating refugees’ integration and legally protecting their labour rights. To be sure, this protection is a way of guaranteeing the rights of Danish workers who would adversely be affected by the proliferation of an unregulated labour market where refugees are compelled to work under worse legal and economic conditions. However, the Danish case ends up being one where, counterintuitively, legal barriers (to entering the labour market) coexist alongside enabling factors (legal guarantees) of refugees’ rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Integration in European Labour Markets : A Comparative Approach on Legal Barriers and Enablers
EditorsSimone Baglioni, Veronica Federico
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Publication date23 Apr 2021
Pages135-148
Chapter7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-67286-6, 978-3-030-67283-7
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-030-67284-3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2021
SeriesIMISCOE Research Series
ISSN2364-4087

Bibliographical note

M Pace is Professor of Global Studies at Roskilde University

Keywords

  • integration
  • migrants
  • refugees
  • asylum seekers
  • Denmark
  • legal barriers to migrants integration
  • enabling factors

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