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October 7, 2022

Foreigners Are Integrating Better in Danish Society As Their Engagement

The integration barometer reveals that a considerable improvement in the integration of foreigners has been evident in six fields, work, education, self-determination and crime, from 2012 to 2021.

According to the Danish Immigration and Integration Ministry, the biggest development was noticed in the field of education, with more descendants of non-Western origin between the age of 25 to 39 years old receiving higher education degrees, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Data also shows that the employment rate among people between 25 and 64 years old in Denmark stands at 80 per cent for native-born and 60 per cent between immigrants and descendants of non-Western origin.

The proportion of people born outside Denmark but that grew up in the country that has received higher education has increased from 26 per cent in 2012 to 41 per cent in 2021.

As per education, the proportion of immigrants aged between 25 and 39 years old and descendants of non-Western origin who have completed a Danish higher education has reached 41 per cent, eight per cent below those that were born in the country.

In addition, developments on some of the barometer’s other objectives show that the proportion of young men non-native-born who have committed crimes has dropped.

“I am happy that things are going better with six of the nine integration objectives. It shows that it pays to have a strict immigration policy. When immigrants and descendants of non-Western origin are integrated into Danish society, it benefits us all. We still have major integration challenges, but the good news is that things are slowly progressing,” Kaare Dybvad Bek, Immigration and Integration Minister, said.

As per negative development, the two fields with the lowest results were Danish skills and citizenship. New findings for 2022 show that, among other things, the proportion of immigrants and descendants of non-Western-born people who declare that they are members of an association has dropped from 54 per cent in 2012 to 47 per cent in 2022. Between 2012 and 2022, association participation has also dropped for persons of Danish origin.

The proportion of people from this category that are politically active has increased by one per cent – from 61 to 62 per cent in 2022, while for people that are of Danish descent, this proportion stands at 79 per cent, from 82 per cent in 2021.

According to the report, 52 per cent of non-Danish born and immigrants said they don’t experience problems with their knowledge of Danish, while the proportion of course participants in the Integration Act’s program who pass a test in Danish within the first five years of starting the education reached 62 per cent while the data for 2022 isn’t yet available.