Comparative register studies
Overall purpose and goal of CAGE
In this project we investigates how socio-economic and health inequities develop during the formative years in young refugees, and how they relate to each other and to key areas of welfare policy like health services, education, employment and housing. By cross-country comparisons identify welfare policies that may promote health and socio-economic equity in young refugees compared with the majority populations.
Read about CAGE's different studies here:
A comparative analysis of education policies targeting the health and wellbeing of refugee students in the Nordic countries
Educational and psychosocial transitions encountered by young refugees upon resettlement in Norway
Young Refugees in the Labour Market – What are the Experiences of the Trajectory from Education to Labour Market?
1) To what extent does the educational achievement of young refugees with similar background characteristics vary by country and national policy? Does educational attainment “pay off” in employment in a similar manner in young refugees as in the majority population? In a similar manner for different groups of refugees, or are there indications of discrimination by skin color as a barrier for entry into the labor market? Does educational attainment predict the socio-economic and health situation in young adulthood in a similar manner in young refugees as in the majority population? Is “poor pay-off” in employment for educational achievement associated with trajectories leading to poor health outcomes?
2) Is youth unemployment associated with health and socio-economic trajectories in a similar manner in young refugees as in the majority population? To what extent do diverse youth unemployment rates in the Nordic countries lead to cross-country differences in health and socio-economic situation in youth in refugee families? Are their indications of a reversed causality where poor health prevents entry into the labor market? Do these trajectories vary by country, and if so can they be linked to national policies?
3) How is psychosocial wellbeing of refugee children and youth supported in schools and other settings? Do children and youth with a refugee background have access to somatic and mental health care in an equitable manner compared with the majority population?
4) Do unaccompanied minors have different outcomes in educational achievement, labor market participation, health and trajectories compared with refugee children who settled in the Nordic countries with their parents? To what extent does form of care (foster home, institution, relatives) and support involving child welfare, health or social services predict outcomes and trajectories in unaccompanied minors?
5) What is the effect of policies and practice of health reception on young refugees’ social and health related life-trajectories?
6) Does a national policy of dispersal of young refugees in small groups in many communities facilitate or impair educational achievement, employment and health?
Junctures of change in the integration of young refugees
The research project focuses on integration from the perspective of young refugees, and will study the transition from youth to adulthood among refugees in Denmark. The project is a collaboration between Associate Professor Kathrine Vitus, University of Aalborg and Associate Professor Morten Skovdal, The Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, University of Copenhagen.
Not without my family
The purpose of the research project is to expand the current knowledge on how family specific characteristics interact with refugee-related policies and affect subsequent integration of refugee children and adults.
The project will be a retrospective, register based empirical study. It will mainly be based on data from the Danish Immigration Service which is merged with data from Statistics Denmark. The output will consist of a number of quantitative and empirically based papers.
PhD student Camilla Hvidtfeldt will be conducting the project under the supervision of Associate Professor Marie Louise Nørredam. The project is collaboration between The Rockwool Foundation and The Danish Research Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Health at University of Copenhagen.