Denmark: Marriage rule helps young people put education first

A rule setting a minimum age for the immigration of foreign spouses has led to more Danes with immigrant backgrounds completing their education More young people with immigrant backgrounds are completing an education, thanks in part to an immigration regulation aimed at preventing forced marriages. The trend is especially apparent amongst young men. Figures from the Danish Institute of Governmental Research (AKF) showed that 20 percent fewer men with an immigrant background dropped their studies in 2004 compared with 2001. Overall, the study showed that marriages between Danish residents and foreigners result in a 17 percent greater chance of not completing an education.

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