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Sonja
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 02:10 AM
Almost half of all refugees and immigrants are not available for the labour market, making Denmark OECD's biggest failure at integration

Denmark is the worst among the OECD countries at integrating its immigrants, a new report revealed on Wednesday. Nowhere are there as few immigrants ready to enter the labour market.

OECD said in its annual report 'Trends in International Migration' that only 52 percent of Denmark's immigrant population hold a job or are ready to take one. In Switzerland, Portugal, and Spain, 75-80 percent participate or are available for the labour market.

David Rae, leader of the Danish division of OECD's economic department, told daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende that the passivity of the country's immigrants could be explained by high minimum wages and relatively high social benefits, which both made it difficult for them to find a job and encouraged them to stay at home.

'Many immigrants find it difficult to gain a foothold on the Danish labour market, because relatively high minimum wages mean that there are too few jobs for unskilled workers in the retail sector and private homes,' he said.

Rae added that the Danish immigration policy demanding that immigrants remain in the same city for the first three years they live in the country prevented people from finding a job.

'The idea is of course to prevent immigrant ghettoes from forming, but it doesn't work,' he said. 'Many immigrants first begin searching for a job after they can move to the big towns, where there are more jobs to choose from.'

Rae said Denmark's bad performance could also be put down to the fact that the country had accepted many refugees and immigrants from poor countries with low education standards, which were more difficult to integrate than immigrants from more prosperous countries.

Vice Director Richard B. Larsen from the Confederation of Danish Industries, an industrial interest organization, said the bottom seat demonstrated that people can make a living in Denmark without working.

'There is something wrong since local authorities have failed at directing these people into the workforce,' he said, adding that Denmark could not be compared with a country like Switzerland.

'They wouldn’t dream of paying social benefits to people who do not stand available for the labour market,' he said.

Larsen said it was the responsibility of Danish municipal authorities to prevent immigrants from being caught in the welfare system, instead of finding ways to make a living.

http://www.cphpost.dk/get/86823.html

Prodigal Son
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 06:03 AM
'They wouldn’t dream of paying social benefits to people who do not stand available for the labour market,' he said.

Why should any country accept, let alone pay social benefits to, people who 'do not stand available for the labour market'?

Stig NHF
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 09:53 AM
Great news!

Prodigal Son
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 12:43 PM
Great news!

Not really. These unemployed, disgruntled immigrants will most likely turn to crime.

Stig NHF
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 03:40 PM
Not really. These unemployed, disgruntled immigrants will most likely turn to crime.

Uhm....exactly? I sometimes wonder how far a lot of you people have thought your anti-immigrant stance through. What do you want, a bunch of criminal islamists OR a bunch of well-adapted immigrants completely integrated into society?

Prodigal Son
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Uhm....exactly? I sometimes wonder how far a lot of you people have thought your anti-immigrant stance through. What do you want, a bunch of criminal islamists OR a bunch of well-adapted immigrants completely integrated into society?

Is it an either or proposition? How about no immigration? That sounds like a rather good idea to me. Nip the problem in the bud before a dozen unemployed, pissed-off Abduls and Mohammeds have a chance to gang-rape any Danish girls.

jcs
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 04:07 PM
Is it an either or proposition? How about no immigration? That sounds like a rather good idea to me. Nip the problem in the bud before a dozen unemployed, pissed-off Abduls and Mohammeds have a chance to gang-rape any Danish girls. People will not solve the problem unti they realize there is a problem. Immigrants engaging in crimes against the native ethnic population is the only thing that will demonstrate the pragmatic necessity of passing anti-immigration laws.
Things must get worse before they get better.

Prodigal Son
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Immigrants engaging in crimes against the native ethnic population is the only thing that will demonstrate the pragmatic necessity of passing anti-immigration laws.
Things must get worse before they get better.

If the US and the UK are any example, I am afraid the process of repatriating immigrant hordes.