Denmark’s new non-Western foreign labour force concentrated at select number of companies

Christian Wenande
August 17th, 2015

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Vast majority end up in agriculture and service industries

A select number of companies in Denmark (amounting to 1 percent of the country’s total) are responsible for hiring close to two-thirds of the newly-arrived labour force from eastern Europe and other non-Western nations.

According to a new report from the Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM), the vast majority of workers arriving from non-Western and EU-10 nations (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria) work for a select group of companies within the agriculture and service industries.

“The companies’ use of foreign labour from eastern Europe and non-Western nations varies across industries, but within all industries, there are a small number of companies who take a large portion of the labour force,” ECLM wrote.

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Agriculture and service
The report (here in Danish) showed that 784 agriculture companies employed about 70 percent of all new labour from EU-10 and non-Western nations within the agriculture sector.

Similarly, just 1.3 percent of companies within business services – which includes cleaning jobs – accounted for 78 percent of all employment of newly-arrived workers from the same regions.

At the 1 percent of companies where most newly-arrived labour is taken on, 3.5 percent of all employees are newly-arrived labour, while at the other 99 percent of companies, 0.3 percent are newly-arrived labour.


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