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The Strategy for Socially Marginalized Greenlanders in Denmark: Project leaders and front-line workers perspectives on impacts and outcomes - Helle Møller & Siddhartha Baviskar

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2:30 PM, Friday 4 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
While most Greenlanders in Denmark are doing well, a minority group (6-10%) live under marginalized
and socially isolated circumstances most (about 1/3) in the larger cites of Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg,
Esbjerg and Copenhagen. Nation-wide initiatives (projects) to help improve the living conditions of this
minority group were launched in 2013 and follow-up initiatives that engage marginalised Greenlanders
directly (Transition and peer support; The Inclusion initiative) commenced in 2017, little is known about
the outcome of the follow-up initiatives.
Through document review and qualitative interviews with project leaders and frontline workers we
discuss the current situation for marginalized Greenlanders in Denmark and share a point in time status of
the initiatives underway.
Similar to other persons living under marginalized circumstances in Denmark, marginalized Greenlanders
are heterogeneous, have differentiated needs and respond to initiatives in diverse ways. In order to be able
to support individual Greenlanders in the best way possible, trusting relationships must be developed. The
small changes for the better in the social circumstances and general living conditions of an individual are
time intensive but also perceived to be successes.
In order to support marginalized Greenlanders as best as possible and with the goal of positive integration
in the local milieu, longer term initiatives and individualized approaches with continued contact with a
frontline worker who preferably share the same linguistic and cultural background as the clients are necessary.
Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Lakehead University
Københavns Professionshøjskole, Institut for Socialrådgiveruddannelse