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Minister: Now the immigrant women have to job

An increasing number of daughters of non-Western immigrants are outside the labor market. At the same time there is a shortage of labor. Time is therefore ripe to get immigrant women in employment, says the Minister for Employment.

In 2008, just over half of the women immigrants from non-western countries were employed. Just exactly 51.5 percent. Since then, development has gone the wrong way. Figures from the Ministry of Employment now show that by 2015 only 45.2 percent of immigrant women with a non-western background were employed.

“It is surprising and depressing that we see that fall,” says Minister of Employment Troels Lund Poulsen (V).

“And it is doubly worrying that there is also a decline in employment for the female descendants of non-Western immigrants. This shows that this is the case if we do not strive to help women into the labor market.

As for the daughters of immigrants from non-Western countries, employment has fallen since 2008. In 2008, 63.8 percent of the daughters were in work. In 2015, the proportion dropped to 54.6 percent.

Sharp sanctions

Compared to ethnic Danish women, the difference is to be seen.

By 2015, 73.4 percent had a job. Thus, almost three quarters of the Danish women went into the active age at work, while for immigrant women with non western background, less than half belonged.

“This is the result of decades of failed integration policy,” said Minister of Employment Troels Lund Poulsen.

“We have been too bad to get the immigrant women with a non-western background to the labor market.

The depressing development must therefore be reversed now, the minister believes. Currently, rarely has been more favorable to obtaining jobs for the many immigrant women than it is right now, it sounds.

“We have a good economy right now, how many new jobs are being created. There are many job openings, and it is a challenge to obtain labor enough. That’s why we’re going to help these women in work. We have not had better opportunities than we have now, says Troels Lund Poulsen.

He points to the already existing offerings and sanctions as the 225-hour rule and the cash-aid ceiling, as part of the solution to the problem, but also declares willing to tighten the grip further so that it will have financial consequences if immigrant women do not want to work. “I am open to tightening the sanctions, because there are too many examples that there is no consistent sanction from the municipalities if refugees and immigrants do not accept the offer they receive,” said the minister.

Cases are reviewed again

Only half of Denmark’s immigrant women with non-western background are so-called jobparadies, the figures from the Ministry of Employment show, and only the jobs that the municipalities can claim job search for. When so many immigrant women are not working, it may be because they have the doctor’s words that they are too ill to work.

But the sicknesses are being shared out in a row, suggesting experiences from the municipality of Odense. In the autumn of last year, the municipality examined a number of cases for cash benefit recipients who had little or no experience with the labor market.

Among the cases investigated, 30 were not Western immigrant women who had been declared ill to contest a job. Through talks with women, a social worker and the municipality’s case managers, it was concluded that the women were only ill to work in 10 percent in the cases.

That experience, Troels Lund Poulsen has now spread to the rest of the country, and has therefore allocated a quarter of a billion to the purpose.

“We have set a pool for the municipalities to review the stack of recipients of social assistance, just as they did in Odense and to ensure that there is no one who is called ill on an unfair basis, because when it happens, it is both sad For the individual and sad for the municipality, the minister says.

May go home

Previous studies have indicated that part of the reason why so many non-Western immigrant women are out of work is that they do not want a job.

Thus, a survey conducted by Jyllands-Posten last year suggested that some immigrant women would rather be home-grown housewives than do a job.

Of course it’s all right, Troels Lund Poulsen believes. If only they do not receive cash assistance at the same time.

“You may want to go home in Denmark. If you do not want to be on the job market, it’s all right. But we should not find ourselves if someone goes to public housing, says the Minister of Employment.

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