1 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences - Ph.D. Program in Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 AU Research Support and External Relations - Corporate Relations and Technology Transfer, AU Research Support and External Relations, Central Administration, Aarhus University4 AU Research Support and External Relations - Corporate Relations and Technology Transfer, AU Research Support and External Relations, Central Administration, Aarhus University
According to the OECD the Danes are the happiest people in the world. This is of course a qualified truth as the Danes are also heavy users of Prozac and have been in the top ten in the suicide statistics for years. The contradiction, however, is probably a good illustration of some of the complexities that the Danish society represents. In some respects it is a land flowing with milk and honey but at the same time it is a country facing some profound challenges. In this article I will look into some of these challenges – namely the ones having to do with the immigrants living in Denmark and their integration – or the lack thereof. I will describe the background regarding immigration to Denmark in recent times and the way Danish society have handled the presence of the immigrants so far. After that I will discuss how I think my own field psychology can contribute to the current challenges and exemplify this with an example from my PhD project about school-home collaboration with parents of ethnic minority children.
United Academics Journal of Social Sciences, 2012, Issue January/February, p. 7-23