While the number of ethnic Danes on incapacity pensions has dropped considerably over the past 20 years, the number of non-westerners has increased dramatically.
Since 1990, the number of immigrants from non-Western countries on incapacity pensions has risen from 2,979 to 27,375, according to a Rockwool Foundation Research Unit report in Berlingske today.
Rockwool Foundation Senior Researcher Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen says part of the explanation is that immigrants tend to work in the cleaning sector and as social workers, jobs in which chances for early work-related problems are greatest.
At the same time, refugees with war traumas also affect the figures.
This issue sounded familiar, and indeed a few years ago I posted an article that early (disability) retirement figures for all immigrants tripled over the past decade (1998-2008). According to this, the number of non-Westerners on early retirement doubled, at least, over the past five years.