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

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This article discusses how the values and aspirations of the neo-liberal competition state (konkurrencestat) and self-dependent society (selvstændighedssamfund) have 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’ in Denmark that emphasizes the values of responsibility (ansvar), self-sufficiency (selvforsørgelse) and independence (uafhængighed), as refugees are expected to start working more or less from day one after their arrival. This has led to 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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