Female Migrants’ Experiences of Labour Market ‘Integration’ in Denmark

Michelle Pace*, Katrine Sofie Bruun Bennetzen

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This chapter explores the role of gender in migrants’ efforts at integrating into the labour market in Denmark. A number of academic works argue that the experience of integration (and migration) is qualitatively different for men and women. They conclude that gender plays a critical role in the pre-migration stage, in the manner in which men and women transition across state boundaries and, most significantly, in determining the way integration bureaucracies are experienced in host societies. In all, such studies demonstrate that the experience of integration is gendered and often to the detriment of women. But, can the experience of women also be generalisable and reveal the foundational nature and logics of a host country’s integration regime? To answer this question, this chapter empirically focuses on the biographical accounts of female migrants and their experiences of labour market integration (LMI). Since most holders of family reunification visas in Denmark are women, their experiences confirm the extant literature’s claim that migration is a gendered process. In addition, we argue that the nature of their experiences of LMI in Denmark also reflects the foundational character of the Danish integration regime.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNowHereLand : A Biographical Perspective on Immigrant and Asylum Seekers Labour Market Integration upon Arrival
EditorsAnna Triandafyllidou, Irina Isaakyan, Simone Baglioni
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 14 Jun 2021
SeriesIMISCOE Research Series

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