Immigration to Denmark in recent times

Denmark  experienced some but very little immigration until the 1960s. However 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.

Particularly in the 1980s and 1990s refugees seeking asylum arrived in Denmark, the greatest numbers from The Middle East.


Until 1973 when speaking of immigrants all concern and debate was linked to the labor force. After 1973 – like in all countries - the unemployment rate rose. 10 years later  –  in 1983 and forward  –  the debate started little by little to deal with conceptions like “refugees of convenience” and “cultural differences” and a revulsion of public feeling towards immigrants was seen. 


It does appear that the vast majority from the first and second generation of these immigrants is well integrated in the Danish society of today. Nevertheless some clashes between cultures are sometimes seen.