The number of residence permits being granted to au pairs has fallen significantly in Denmark following legislation passed in July 2015 that requires the workers to get a minimum salary of 4,150 kroner per month – a rise of 950 kroner – along with several benefits, including a 5,000 kroner education and travel expenses from and back to their home country. Just 505 were working in the country over the first five months of 2017, of which 422 were from the Philippines, and the Udlændingestyrelsen immigration service is predicting a total annual number of 1,200 – way down on previous years, reports avisen.dk.
Fishermen enjoying record year
Denmark’s fishermen are enjoying their best ever year, according to Finans. Earnings are expected to soar by 8-10 percent on 2016, which was itself a record year. Some 449,000 tonnes of fish were brought in during the first five months of the year – double the number of 2016. Partly responsible is the growing popularity of industrial fish such as sandeel, which are used to produce fishmeal, fish oil and fertiliser. A favourite among seabirds, it was feared that their overfishing was killing the birds off in the North Sea, but no direct link has been established.