Scandinavia's Population Groups Originating from Developing Countries

Change and Integration

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Scandinavia’s foreign-origin population has steadily increased over the past six decades. Migration flows into the region have been linked to societal phenomena such as growing labour demands, family reunification and the acceptance of refugees fleeing wars and political conflicts. Whereas earlier migration streams were generally expected to integrate relatively easily, concerns about the current streams are high on the political agenda. This report is a cross-country research into selected key features of population change and the integration of population groups with roots in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Turkey and Vietnam in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The research has sought to achieve three objectives. The first is to determine how and when the groups came to the three Scandinavian countries and how they have since developed. The second is to analyze two aspects of the groups’ integration, namely their participation in education and their participation in the labour market. And the final objective is to provide a brief overview of the groups’ situation in each of the three countries with regards to economic development, immigration history and policy development.



Sammanfattning (in Swedish)

Under de senaste 60 åren har den skandinaviska befolkningen med utländsk bakgrund – d v s både invandrare och barn till invandrare (andra generationen) – stadigt ökat och blivit en del en del av den skandinaviska befolkningen. Invandringen till de skandinaviska länderna har varit och är kopplade till sociala fenomen så som arbetskraftsinvandring, familjeåterförening och flyktingmigration. I takt med att en allt större del av befolkningen har utländsk bakgrund har frågor kopplade till migration och integration kommit allt högre upp på den politiska agendan. I arbetet med integration behövs mer djupgående kunskap om integrationsmönster inom områden så som demografi, utbildning och arbetsmarknad för att förbättra migrations– och integrationspolitiken i Skandinavien.


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