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Analyzing new ways of understanding refugee integration. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1912950
  • May 2009
  • 100 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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Integration of refugees and immigrants is a widely
contested concept in the literature of international
migration. This book is bringing a new element in the
analysis of refugees’ integration: work in trade. The
present book uses the case of the Romanian refugees
settled in Denmark to examine integration. This work
brings a critique to the Danish “any job” integration
policy which ranks refugees in inferior positions in
the society without taking into consideration the
human capital they bring along in the destination
country. The Danish state’s expectations that
refugees should enroll in “any job”, irrespective of
their previous education, only takes into
consideration and advocates for the shift from
welfare to self-maintenance without looking at the
refugees’ self-accomplishment in the destination
country. From a top-down perspective, a successful
economical integration in jobs that are equivalent to
the refugees’ education (work in trade) is the one
which will create the positive attitude towards a
progress in cultural, social, and political
integration. These are three dimensions of
integration that presuppose and give meaning to each

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Astrid, Hamberger.
ASTRID HAMBERGER, M.Sc. Studied at Transilvania University of
Brasov, Romania and University of Copenhagen, Department of
Sociology from where she obtained her Master of Science in
Sociology. Currently she is a PhD at University of Bucharest,
Department of Sociology.
Fields of study: Qualitative research; International migration;

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