The “Right Thing to do”? Integrating Refugees into the Labour Market through the IGU-scheme in Denmark

Angeliki Kontogianni & Lucia Harcegová

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

This thesis looks into the motives that influence a company’s decision to participate in the IGU scheme. The scheme constitutes an active labour market policy introduced in 2016 to address the gap in the matching process of employers and refugees in Denmark. Employers’ active participation in such policies is deemed to be paramount to their successful implementation. For the purpose of our research, we analyse the responses of the representatives of four Danish companies, with who we conducted semi-structured interviews designed to deduce their views on the studied matter. We take into consideration the concurrence of determinants that mobilise employers’ active commitment. By looking into relevant theories, we first establish that, to the involved managers, participation in the IGU scheme constitutes an activity through which they take responsibility for the social aspect of their business. Secondly, we argue based on our findings that the grounds on which CSR is operationalized in Denmark is the pursuit of the common good. We conclude that CSR underlined by ethical imperatives - befitting the notion of common good - contributes to the decision significantly, to the extent that it sufficiently inspires participation in the IGU scheme. This further augments the discussion on the drivers for a firm’s socially responsible behaviour. What is presented in this thesis provides an understanding of the reasoning when examining the drivers behind employers’ engagement in active labour market policies, with implications for policymakers and all relevant actors who are concerned with the governance of this particular - as well as other similar – project. Keywords: CSR, motives, IGU-Scheme, business engagement, common good

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages179
SupervisorsKarin Buhmann