Niels Wium Olesen

Niels Wium Olesen is a lecturer at the Department of History at School for Culture and Society, Aarhus University. Areas of research include Danish and European political history in the 20th century with emphasis on the evolution of democracy confronted with fascism, Nazism and communism in the interwar years, the Second World War and post-war Europe. For more information click here.

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Guest workers striking against forced redundancies in front of DA (the Danish Employers' Association), 1978. Photo: Arbejdermuseets Arkiv (The Workers Museum's Archive).

2019.11.07 | Article, Niels Wium Olesen, Astrid Elkjær Sørensen, Thorsten Borring Olesen, Rosanna Farbøl, Labour markets, Minorities

Danish immigration policy, 1970-1992

In 1973, the Social Democrat government introduced an immediate stop to labour immigration because of growing unemployment. Immigration was, however, not a particularly problematic subject in the political and public debate in the 1970s. From the beginning of the 1980s, more refugees came to Denmark, particularly from the Middle East and the…