Combatting long-term unemployment among immigrants beyond the Covid-19 pandemic
25 loka 2022
This report documents and compares how immigrants have been affected by long-term unemployment, and investigates policies and initiatives policymakers at national, regional, and local levels of governance implemented for support.
Concretely, this report aims to answer the following research questions:
- Have immigrants in the Nordic countries been more likely to face long-term unemployment during the pandemic than their native-born peers? How has the number of long-term unemployed immigrants developed during the pandemic, and is it an ongoing challenge?
- Which national-level institutions and actors have been involved in supporting long-term unemployed immigrants and which policies and measures have been used?
- Which initiatives have been implemented at regional and local levels in the Nordic countries to help long-term unemployed immigrants in finding new employment? What can we learn from these initiatives?
The report finds that across all Nordic countries, immigrants were more likely to face long-term unemployment during the pandemic than their native-born peers, making this a key integration challenge across the Nordic Region. Nonetheless, the Nordic countries differ in how acute the challenge of long-term unemployment among immigrants was during the early phases of the pandemic, and how rapidly the situation improved afterwards.
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