How does refugee immigration affect the low-skilled on the labour market?

time and place

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 13:00–14:30
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm.

The influx of refugees to the Nordic region in recent years implies an increase in the labour force. What significance does refugee immigration have for the existing labour force’s conditions? What are the effects on employment, mobility and wages? In a new SNS report, economist Mette Foged describes the lessons learned from Denmark.

Today there is a huge amount of knowledge about employment among refugee immigrants in host countries. However, we know less about the way in which migration affects those already in the labour market.

What happens to their salaries, their occupations and mobility when competition for jobs increases? Which groups and what types of job are most affected? And what measures can be taken to make it easier for everyone to be able to establish themselves, and advance, in the labour market?

Welcome to a seminar where economist Mette Foged presents a report on the way in which refugee immigration to Denmark between 1994 and 2008 affected the labour market outcomes of low-skilled natives both in the short and long term.

Lars Calmfors, Professor Emeritus of International Economics, and Pieter Bevelander, Professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, will comment the report and put the results into a Swedish context.

The seminar is the first one within SNS new seminar series Forum for Integration Policy which aims to increase general understanding for conditions and challenges for successful integration. The report is launched within SNS research programme Future supply of skills.

The meeting will be held in English.


Pieter Bevelander, Professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Director of MIM, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, and member of the Migration Studies Delegation.
Lars Calmfors, Professor Emeritus of International Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, Researcher at Research Institute of Industrial Economics, and chairman of The Swedish Labour Policy Council.
Mette Foged, PhD in Economics, University of Copenhagen

The meeting will be led by Max Landergård, journalist.

Registration and fee

The meeting is open to SNS members*, specially invited and media. The fee is SEK 395 + VAT. The number of seats is limited. Please find the registration form below. Cancellations after January 27 or absents will be charged.

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