Why did they move?

Reasons for migration to Denmark

Immigrants to Denmark have had many and different reasons to migrate. There were both push and pull factors. The push factors seem to vary from poverty to political persecution.


One example of a pull factor was the expectation of well paid work. In the 1960s the Turkish government set up agencies to manage the 1960s and 1970s mass labour migration from Turkey to Germany and later to Denmark with the purpose of stabilizing the currency (from emigrants sending money home) and of getting new knowledge and skills to Turkey when they returned home. In 1974 average wages for skilled or unskilled labour in manufacturing equalled $US 0.63 per hour for Turkey. In Denmark the figure for skilled workers was $US 4.5. 

Skilled workers 16 20 25 33 43 53
Unskilled workers 13 17 21 30 39 46
Unskilled women 10 13 17 25 35 42



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