In the late 1960s and early 1970s immigrants arrived to Denmark from primarily Pakistan, Turkey and Yugoslavia to meet the demand for unskilled labour, and in the course of time many of them sent for family members to join them. Immigration was stopped by law from 1973 but it is still possible for families to reunificate.
Particularly in the 1980s and 1990s refugees seeking asylum arrived in Denmark. About 2/3 of them have their origins in the Middle East.
In 2009 eight percent of the population in Denmark is of other ethnic background than Danish.
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More than twice as many immigrants and the families of descendants came to Denmark from non-western countries as those who came from Western Europe. Why do you think this was the case?