Thelocal.dk | 17.11.2014 | Side | 493 ord | Artikel-id: e4ad43f8 | PDF Link til artikel
More than one fourth of Denmark's municipalities saw their populations grow over the past six years due to immigrants and refugees, according to an analysis from online journal Ugebrevet A4.
Working with figures from Statistics Denmark, Ugebrevet A4 found that 64 of Denmark's 98 municipalities experienced a population decline amongst ethnic Danes between 2008 and 2014. But when immigrants, refugees and their descendants are factored in, 27 of those 64 municipalities actually experienced population growth.
Many of the areas where immigrants are reversing population declines are rural communities that have struggled to retain residents.
Pia Heike Johansen, a professor at the Danish Centre for Rural Research at the University of Southern Denmark, said that immigrants provide a vital boost to rural areas.
"When immigrants move to rural areas, they help to keep local businesses alive. If they settle down and have children, that benefits the local schools and daycare institutions," Johansen told Ugebrevet A4.
"They really mean a lot to the rural municipalities and help ensure a higher level of both public and private services," she added.