Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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No 308: Inspiration for integration. Labour market policies for refugees in five Northern European countries

Patrick Joyce ()
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Patrick Joyce: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The refugee influx in 2015 marked the largest mass movement in Europe since WWII. More than half of the arrivals applied for asylum on the northernmost edge of the continent: Germany was the top destination by far but Sweden received more asylum seekers relative to its population. The Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark also took in significant numbers. The developments in 2015 caused several of these countries to reconsider their policies on migration and integration of refugees. This paper compares the policies in these five countries after 2015 focusing on what Sweden can learn from the others.

Keywords: Labour market; Integration; Education and Social welfare.

JEL-codes: I24; I38; J15; J61

45 pages, April 5, 2018

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