The guest workers – Stories from the 70s

Join Migration Museum of Denmark in celebrating the immigrants who came to Denmark as guest workers 50 years ago with the opening of the new special exhibition “Gæstearbejderne – Stories from the 70s” on June 10, 2023.

Experience the many personal stories about the encounter with Denmark and the Danes, about life between two cultures and about building a new life in a foreign land – and learn more about the history of the significant importance that the 70s labor immigration from, among others, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco and Yugoslavia have had for Danish society. New and old objects, photographs and testimonies told by the former guest workers themselves take us back to the world of the 70s: to a tough labor market and miserable housing conditions, to deprivation and privation, to values ​​and identity, to new food cultures and imprints on music and literature, to love and family life, to popular meeting places and smoky clubs.

Through a new special exhibition and a large cultural program with activities throughout 2023, the Immigrant Museum, in close collaboration with the cultural institutions in Farum Kulturhus, focuses on the history of guest workers. The exhibition and the cultural program are based on a large documentation project that the museum began in 2021 to collect testimonies from former guest workers and secure their accounts for posterity as part of our common Danish history.

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