“The Nordic countries are similar, so it makes sense to share experiences. The guidebook provides insight into initiatives that have proven effective at integrating immigrant women into the labour market,” says Catrine Bangum, senior advisor to the Nordic Council of Ministers. Veje til beskæftigelse for flygtninge- og indvandrerkvinder (Pathways to employment for female refugees and immigrants) seeks to address the fact that while there is strong demand for labour in the Nordic countries, too few female refugees and immigrants are currently in work. Nordic research also shows that successful integration of women in the labour market also improves the integration of their children. The guidebook is designed to support and enhance these positive outcomes.
Best practice that works
In recent years, a range of initiatives have sought to get more women immigrants into the labour market. Until now, there has been no overview of them, or any research into which ones work in practice and are therefore worthy of emulation. The guidebook corrects this oversight. It is available to all, but is specifically aimed at specialists and middle managers in local authorities and national agencies involved in integration planning.
The Nordic countries are similar, so it makes sense to share experiences. The guidebook provides insight into initiatives that have proven effective at integrating immigrant women into the labour market.
A network-based mapping exercise
The guidebook is based on a network-based mapping of research and analyses in the Nordic countries, and incorporates input from practitioners in the field. The mapping exercise illustrates the obvious potential in investing in immigrant women and helping them gain a foothold in the labour market. It was written by Rambøll Management Consulting, in collaboration with the firm’s consultants in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.