Danish Round-Up: Second-generation immigrants work more than their parents did 20 to 40 years ago

Ben Hamilton & Valmira Gjoni
April 30th, 2020

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Gatherings of 100 people are allowed starting on Wednesday (photo: Flickr/Lars Plougmann)

Increasing numbers of non-Western descendants have jobs – particularly compared to their parents, when they were the same age in the 1980s and 1990s.

Comparing the employment rate of non-Western descendants aged in their 30s with that of their parents, a study of Danmarks Statistik reveals that 70 percent of the men and 65 percent of the women were in employment in 2017.

The biggest difference is between males with a higher education and their counterparts in the 1980s and 90s: some 89 percent compared to 59 percent. Likewise there was a large gulf among the women.

The gap seems to have closed between ethnic Danes and immigrants.

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