Made in Denmark: Refugees, integration and the self-dependent society

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The article discusses how values and aspirations of the neoliberal competition state (konkurrencestat) and self-dependent society (selvstændighedssamfund) has affected recently arrived refugees in Denmark. Besides a stricter border regime, the so-called 'refugee crisis' of 2015 also resulted in a new version of 'integration' that emphasise the values of responsibility (ansvar), self-sufficiency (selvforsørgelse) and independence (uafhængighed), as refugees had to start working more or less from day one after their arrival. The result was numerous creative integration programmes in Danish municipalities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnthropology Today
Pages (from-to)12-14
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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