DP17184 Refugee Migration and the Labor Market: Lessons from 40 Years of Post-arrival Policies in Denmark

Author(s): Jacob Arendt, Christian Dustmann, Hyejin Ku
Publication Date: April 2022
Keyword(s): employment, immigration policies, Labor Supply, Language, refugee integration
JEL(s): J22, J24, J61
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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Denmark has accepted refugees from a large variety of countries and for more than four decades. Denmark has also frequently changed policies and regulations concerning integration programs, transfer payments, and conditions for permanent residency. Such policy variation in conjunction with excellent administrative data provides an ideal laboratory to evaluate the effects of different immigration and integration policies on the outcomes of refugee immigrants. In this article, we first describe the Danish experience with refugee immigration over the past four decades. We then review different post-arrival refugee policies and summarize studies that evaluate their effects on the labor market performance of refugees. Lastly, we discuss and contrast these findings in the context of international studies of similar policies and draw conclusions for policy.