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Since the mid-eighties, most of the Nordic countries have received large numbers of refugees from a broad spectrum of countries. Previous studies have shown that the speed of labour market integration of immigrants from non-Western countries is slow. This is increasingly troublesome given the current refugee situation.

In this special issue of the Nordic Economic Policy Review, renowned economists have examined the fiscal effects of slow labour market integration, and how labour market participation differs between different groups of refugees and over time. The researchers have also identified possible explanations and policy implications.

The launch event provides an opportunity to hear about the findings in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and discuss the issues from a policy perspective.

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Moderator: Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Nordregio
12.00 – 12.30 Welcome! A lunch sandwich will be served
12.30 – 13.00 Introduction by Anders Geertsen, Head of Department of Knowledge and Welfare at the Nordic Council of Ministers and Kjell Nilsson, Director of Nordregio
13.00 -14.00: Presentations by the following authors:
Bratsberg et al.: Immigrant labor market integration across admission classes
Åslund et al.: Labour market entry of non labour migrants - Swedish evidence
Schultz-Nielsen: Labour Market Integration of Refugees in Denmark
14.00 -14.15: Coffee break
14.15 - 14.40: Ruist: The fiscal impact of refugee immigration
14.40 – 16.00 Discussion: How can we improve and speed up labour market integration for refugees? Which refugees need more attention and why? The discrimination factor? What can we learn from each other to make sure the most recent group of refugees will find jobs sooner than later, and that they remain on the labour market?

INVITED SPEAKERS
Guest Editor Olof Åslund (Director-General at IFAU - The Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy and professor at Uppsala university, Sweden)
Bernt Bratsberg, Senior Researcher (Frisch Centre, Oslo university, Norway)
Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen Senior Researcher at Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, Denmark
Joakim Ruist (Researcher at Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, Sweden)

Where: Ved Stranden 18, Copenhagen, The Nordic Council of Ministers’ secretariat
When: 26 April, 12.00 - 16.00
Organisers: Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio

Sign up no later than 24 April.

For questions please contact Communications Officer Johanna Feuk at Nordregio: johanna.feuk(at)nordregio.se or Senior Adviser Björn Fritjofsson at the Nordic Council of Ministers: bjfr(at)norden.org



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