Chinese in Denmark

  • Mette ThunØ


In 1995, some 3300 Chinese immigrants and their descendants lived in Denmark.1 Numerically, the Chinese are insignificant compared with the immigrants from Turkey and Yugoslavia. The Chinese also differ from other immigrant groups in respect of their early arrival (in 1902), their occupational pattern, and their choice of ethnic strategies. Even before the recruitment of ‘guest-workers’ in the 1960s, the Chinese had established a monopoly in the ethnic catering trade. Being almost entirely occupied in this economic niche, they generated an image as hard working and compliant. In Danish eyes, they exist only in relation to food; they are invisible as an immigrant community.


Immigrant Group Human Trafficker Chinese Immigrant Chinese Group Chinese Restaurant 
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