Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. Education policy, active labour market policy, social benefit policy and wage policy are analysed. A key conclusion is that no single policy is likely to suffice. Instead, various policies have to be combined. The exact policy mix must depend on evaluations of the trade-offs with other policy objectives.




The Nordic countries face similar problems when it comes to the integration of immigrants into their labour markets. Employment rates are considerably lower for non-European immigrants than for natives in all the Nordic countries except Iceland. This raises serious problems for the Nordic countries as the generous welfare models rely on high employment. Large employment gaps between natives and foreign born also threaten the social cohesion in the Nordics.


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