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Significantly more refugees entered job market in 2016

New figures from the Confederation of Danish Industry show that the number of employed refugees has increased from approximately 4,100 to 7,200 between March and November last year. This constitutes an increase of 75 per cent. The tripartite agreement is working, says Deputy Director Steen Nielsen, DI. 
More and more refugees are entering Danish companies, either through ordinary jobs, traineeships, wage-subsidised jobs or through so-called basic integration programme (IGU) courses. Photo: Colourbox.

Publiceret: 16.02.2017
Af Karen Witt Olsen mail

The Danish government’s tripartite agreement regarding employment of refugees appears be helping more refugees to get into companies, new figures from the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) show.

The tripartite agreement on labour market integration between Danish municipalities, the government and social partners was signed on 17 March 2016. It focussed on creating a better framework for integration and getting more refugees and immigrants into jobs.

In the period from March to November 2016 - when the most recent figures are from - the number of employed refugees has increased by 75 per cent. This is equivalent to 3,100 more refugees in the labour market.

“The figures show that integration of refugees into the labour market is going much better. This is a result of the new approach to integration, which was initiated last year through the tripartite agreement,” says Deputy Director Steen Nielsen, DI.

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More employees and more traineeships

Looking solely at the refugees and refugees granted family reunification who were given residence permits in 2014 and 2015, the employment rate fluctuated between 0.7 and 1.6 per cent in 2015.

The figure then increased drastically during 2016, landing at 9.5 per cent in October 2016, where the latest figures are from.

This is seen in a special extract DI has carried out on the basis of data from Statistics Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Employment’s DREAM register.

Part of the explanation for why so many more refugees are today at work in companies has to do with the schemes for traineeships and wage subsidised jobs. In addition, an increasing percentage of traineeships subsequently lead to jobs under standard conditions.

The percentage of refugees who enter employment following a traineeship has increased in the last two years from 12 per cent in 2014 to 22 per cent in 2016.  And that is exceptionally good news, says Steen Nielsen.

”Traineeships and wage-subsidised jobs are a good opportunity for refugees to get in contact with companies. When the programmes subsequently lead to ordinary jobs, it’s a positive development. The goal of the tripartite agreement is precisely to ensure that more refugees become able to support themselves and their families,” says Steen Nielsen.

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Companies say yes to IGU

Steen Nielsen also notes that an increasing number of refugees get started through the Basic Integration Programme (IGU), which was introduced last summer.

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has recently published new figures for how many refugees have entered IGU programmes.  These reveal that in 6 months, the number has increased from 1 to 176, of which the 60 most recent IGU programmes were all set up in January 2017.

”In the past month alone, the number of refugees enrolled in IGU courses has increased with over 50 per cent.  The municipalities have become better at establishing contact between refugees and the companies, and the companies are prepared to open their doors to refugees,” says Deputy Director Steen Nielsen.

The goal of the tripartite agreement is precisely to ensure that more refugees become able to support themselves and their families.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEEN NIELSEN, DI
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PUBLISHED: 2/16/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 2/16/2017