The tone in the political debate concerning international employees in Denmark has been shrill for quite some time. During the recent Danish election it became even worse and, as a result, six high profile employers from large Danish and international corporations stood forth in a national newspaper and asked for a more welcoming tone. “We need them,” was their message.
Black and white view
Politicians and the media are guilty of a black and white view on international labour. The debate focuses on social dumping, welfare tourism, eastern Europeans taking low-paying jobs, foreigners taking jobs from Danes and so on – instead of focusing on the need for international employees that the Danish companies experience.