Immigrant Integration Programs and Job Quality in Denmark

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 16:00
Location: Hörsaal 11 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Romana CAREJA, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Mila DAMYANOSKA, University of Southern Denmark, Political Science Department, Denmark
The paper builds on dualisation/segmentation of labour markets and on integration theories to investigate the effects of the integration program implemented from 1999 on in Denmark in terms of preparing immigrants for the labour market. Taking advantage of a quasi-experimental situation,  generated by the fact that such programs were absent in Denmark before 1999, the paper will compare the labour market outcomes of immigrants who have followed this integration program and those who have not. Through interviews with immigrants, the paper will examine whether a job was obtained, and will pay close attention to the quality of the jobs. Our study has implications on understanding the effectiveness of integration program in terms of providing migrants with the ability to earn their own living.