This 2003 edition of OECD's Economic Survey of Denmark examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. It includes special chapters on migration, the medium-term fiscal framework and the environment.
- 20 May 2003
Migration and Integration
This chapter first sets out the trends in immigration since the early 1960s and the key demographic characteristics of the foreign population. The next section reviews the entry policies that currently apply for those immigrants from outside the European Economic Area. The recent changes affecting each main type of entry — asylum seekers, family reunification and highly skilled immigrants — are set in an international context and linked back to the authorities’ wish to better integrate those immigrants that are already in Denmark. The challenges of integration are discussed in the following section. The government’s ultimate goal is that foreigners participate in economic activity on an equal footing with native Danes. Such an ambitious goal will obviously not be reached quickly or easily, and the authorities consider the critical intermediate objective to be getting more immigrants into jobs as a prerequisite to their future economic success. The measures already put in place go in the right direction, and the concluding section makes some suggestions as to how policies might be improved further.