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Video: Introduction to new book “Migrants’ Attitudes and the Welfare State - The Danish Melting Pot”

Video: Introduction to new book “Migrants’ Attitudes and the Welfare State - The Danish Melting Pot”

Four researchers from Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies (CCWS) have published a new book studying – among many other questions – whether migrants in Denmark retain the attitudes and values that are prevalent in their countries of origin or not.

Last modified: 15.01.2021

Analysing two major surveys of 14 different migrant groups connected to Danish register data, this insightful book explores what migrants think of the welfare state. It investigates the question of whether migrants assimilate to the ideas of extensive state intervention in markets and families or if they retain the attitudes and values that are prevalent in their countries of origin.

The authors are all from Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies at Department of Politics & Society:

  • Karen Nielsen Breidahl, Associate Professor
  • Troels Fage Hedegaard, Associate Professor
  • Kristian Kongshøj, Associate Professor
  • Christian Albrekt Larsen, Professor

The authors examine what various migrant groups from countries including Poland, Romania, Spain, the UK, China, Japan, Turkey, Russia, the US, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, and the former-Yugoslavia living in Denmark think about the trustworthiness of state institutions, state responsibility, economic redistribution, female employment, and childcare.

Chapters also cover the key issues of national identification, social trust, and welfare nationalism. Concluding that migrants from diverse backgrounds assimilate well into the welfare attitudes, norms, and values of the Danish people in several areas, the book points to the potential assimilative impact of the welfare state.

Migrants from diverse backgrounds assimilate well into the welfare attitudes, norms, and values of the Danish people in several areas, the book points to the potential assimilative impact of the welfare state.

Incorporating new theoretical discussions, this book will be critical reading for academics and students studying migration and welfare states. It will also be a useful resource for comparative migration researchers interested in the impact of the host country context on migrants’ assimilation patterns.

Watch Christian Albrekt Larsen introduce the book:

 

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