Men are seldom found in nursing, childcare or home-care, but this appears to be true only for Danish men, who are afraid of the traditional female jobs. A third of men of immigrant background go for training in female dominated fields, compared to just a fifth of Danish men. This according to analysis firm LG Insight for metroXpress.
Conni Gripping from LG Insight says that immigrants have a different concept of women's jobs. A nurse or hairdresser are not female in Middle Eastern society. There is also a different kind of respect for people who take care of the sick in Middle Eastern society.
She stresses that immigrants choose women's jobs. Some might think that they prefer being a doctor and if that doesn't work, they go for nursing, but that it isn't so. The entrance requirements have dropped, but the share of immigrant men in women's jobs has remained stable and in some cases has gone up.
Karen Stæhr, of the trade union Fag og Arbejde (Trade and Labor), sees this as a positive development. She says that it will be good if Danish men will also see that they don't need to be afraid of women's jobs. It's good for a workplace that both sexes and society's many groups are represented. It strengthens fellowship. This data also shakes the prejudice against immigrants as terrorists and trouble makers.
Immigrant women are also much more open than Danish women in their choice of training. Just 37% of immigrant women go for women's jobs, compared to 72% of Danish women.
Source: DR (Danish)
See also: Denmark: Immigrant men bend gender roles