Housing, Work and Health - Experiences among newly arrived immigrants (BASE)

The BASE survey uncovers experiences from newly arrived immigrants regarding their access to housing, work and health care in Denmark. The study further investigates how private actors - e.g. companies, NGOs and language schools - help facilitating the integration.

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For the BASE survey, more than 1.700 immigrants who are participating in language courses nationwide have shared their experiences concerning housing, work and health care in Denmark through a questionnaire. The data collection for the survey was carried out during Autumn and Winter 2021.

The survey includes all kinds of newly arrived immigrants in Denmark, including refugees and EU citizens. The survey is part of the LUII project at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, which is a research project about the Danish legislation concerning integration. The LUII project is funded by Carlsbergfondet. The survey has been developed in cooperation with the interest organisation for the Danish language education centres, “De Danske Sprogcentre”.

This website is first and foremost aimed at managers, teachers and course participants at language schools who participated in the survey and who would like to know more.

The links in the boxes below provide answers to a number of questions: What is the background for the survey? What types of methods are used? How have the language centres and classes been selected? How can materials from the survey be integrated into the Danish language education, and how are the filled questionnaires from the survey being handled?

If you have questions that you do not find an answer to, you are welcome to contact us


Below you can find a list of publications based on the data from the BASE survey. You can also find some of the materials developed for the BASE survey, including the questionnaire, an information folder for immigrants, and teaching materials on housing, work and healthcare in Denmark.

You can find the research results of the overarching project LUII, which the BASE survey forms part of, on this website.


  • Experiences of access to healthcare among newly arrived immigrants in Denmark: Examining the role of residence permit. Nielsen, Maj Rørdam & Jervelund, Signe Smith, 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Supplement. 27 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/14034948231173473
  • Impacts of an interpretation fee on immigrants’ access to healthcare: Evidence from a Danish survey study among newly arrived immigrants. Nielsen, Maj Rørdam & Jervelund, Signe Smith, 2023, In: Health Policy. 136, 8 p., 104893. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2023.104893

Materials from the BASE survey:

Infographics with results

BASE questionnaire

  • Danish
  • English
  • Language versions in Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Thai and Turkish are available upon request.

Information folder for immigrants on housing, work and health in Denmark

Teaching materials for Danish language education on housing, work and health in Denmark



The persons responsible for the survey are Associate Professor in immigration law and integration law, Silvia Adamo, and PhD student Maj Rørdam Nielsen from Centre for Private Governance, Faculty of Law at University of Copenhagen.

The project is funded by a 3-year research grant from the Carlsberg Foundation

You can read more about the project on the Background page.