1 Changing Societies: Welfare and Diversity, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University2 The Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University3 University of Canterbury4 Professionshøjskolen Metropol
An Empirical Study of Denmark’s Underground Economy
Based on interviews with (legal and illegal) immigrants to Denmark, meetings with stakeholders and with experts in the field, this article addresses issues regarding the underground economy. Our findings show that, in Denmark, the existence of an underground economy makes it possible for semi-compliant and non-compliant immigrants to make a living. We suggest that the underground economy in Denmark will continue to provide networks of illegal residents with opportunities for informal economic activities as trust allows entrepreneurs to function below the radar, by owning enterprises registered using the names of people who are legally in this country.
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2013, Vol 19, Issue 1, p. 64-76
Opportunity Structure; Trust; Social Capital; Informal Economy; Immigrant Networks; Denmark