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Migrants’ Attitudes and the Welfare State

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Migrants’ Attitudes and the Welfare State

The Danish Melting Pot

9781800376335 Edward Elgar Publishing
Karen Nielsen Breidahl, Associate Professor in Comparative Welfare State Research, Troels Fage Hedegaard, Associate Professor in Comparative Welfare State Research, Kristian Kongshøj, Associate Professor in Comparative Welfare State Research and Christian Albrekt Larsen, Professor in Comparative Welfare State Research, Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
Publication Date: January 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 633 5 Extent: c 256 pp
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.

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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 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.

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.
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‘This book on migrants’ attitudes towards the Danish welfare state is a welcome contribution to the ongoing and at times rather anxious and alarming ‘migration–welfare state problematic’ discourse. Its findings show that migrants from a range of different countries and cultures adapt their norms and values regarding social justice and actual welfare provision to those that are common in their new country of residence, thereby strengthening, instead of threatening, the social legitimacy of the highly developed Danish welfare state. This has important implications for how in the wider EU we can, or should, see and value the problematic.’
– Wim van Oorschot, Leuven University, Belgium

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