If the employment rate for first- and second-generation immigrants increases to the rate among Danish natives, it can bring 139,000 more people into the workforce by 2030, a new analysis shows.
730,000 first- and second-generation immigrants are expected to live in Denmark in 2030. Their integration into the job market will be increasingly important for the country in the coming years. Foto: Hans Søndergaard
Publiceret: 05.04.2018Af Peter G. H. Madsen mail
If the country successfully increases the employment rate for first- and second-generation immigrants so that it corresponds to the rate among Danish natives, there will be 139,000 more workers on the job market in 2030. In comparison, the major reforms that contribute to increasing the retirement age will result in approximately 70,000 more workers on the job market in 2020.
“If more first- and second-generation immigrants were to have an everyday at workplaces, it would be a really good thing—for companies, for the individual and for society.
DI’s analysis also shows that first- and second-generation immigrants will make up an increasing portion of the 20-69-year-olds who make up the working age population. Whereas there are currently 564,000 first- and second-generation immigrants of working age today, in 2030, that number will be 720,000, or one fifth of the total working population.
Spokesperson for Integration Sofie Carsten Nielsen of the Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre) is pleased that DI’s calculations highlight the potentials of better integration instead of solely focusing on the problems.
In the governing Liberal (Venstre) party, spokesperson for Integration Marcus Knuth also believes that it should be possible to get more immigrants and descendants into jobs.
“We need to take all measures that could have an effect—ideally in close cooperation with the business community.”