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Politicians agree to international recruitment reform

The reform was first proposed in April and contains 26 initiatives


The employment minister, Mette Frederiksen, said the reform would strengthen Danish companies and their ability to attract the best workers

June 27, 2014
09:47

by Christian Wenande


The government has agreed with opposition parties Venstre, Dansk Folkeparti, Socialistisk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance and Konservative to reform the international recruitment policy in Denmark.

The deal – which was first proposed in April and contains 26 initiatives – will give companies in Denmark better access to highly-qualified workers from nations outside the EU, which will help them better compete on the global scene.

“I’m really pleased about this reform, which will strengthen our companies and their abilities to attract the best workers to the country,” Mette Frederiksen, the employment minister, said in a press release.

Companies will be able to utilise a fast-track initiative that will allow them to employ the key international workers and researchers they require.

READ MORE: Government proposes international recruitment reforms

Four key aims
Another arena facing change is the green card permit. The card will be shortened and the language competency requirements tightened, while more stringent criteria will be applied to the granting of extensions.

“We know that it will also lead to growth and Danish jobs, and at the same time, it will stop highly-skilled workers coming to Denmark and ending up in jobs that don’t reflect their qualifications,” Frederiksen said.

The four central aims of the reform are: make it easier for companies to recruit internationally, equal opportunities for international labour, strengthen the attraction and retention of international labour, and become better at retaining international students already in Denmark.



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