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16 August 2017

Are EU immigrants a burden to the Danish welfare state?

Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen from the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and senior researcher Gabriel Pons Rotger from the Danish Social Centre of Applied Social Science (VIVE) have explored this exact question. Their study, which has recently been published in European Union Politics, rejects the 'welfare burden' thesis for the universalistic, tax-financed welfare state of Denmark. Their findings demonstrate that between 2002 and 2013, EU citizens from both new and old member states made a significant positive contribution to the Danish welfare budget. The findings suggest that welfare states are more resilient to open borders than current political claims articulate.

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Department of Political Science
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