Danish Refugee Council calls for lower wages to create more jobs for immigrants

Making it cheaper for employers is key, they argue

The Danish Refugee Council has called for lower wages in order to make immigrants and refugees more attractive to the country’s employers.

“Labor should be made ​​cheaper for employers,” Andreas Kamm, the head of the Danish Refugee Council, told Børsen.

“The problem is clear, and if the labour market does not come up with a solution, there will be serious consequences for our economy. But we have not yet managed to make immigrant labour attractive enough for employers.”

‘Everyone must contribute’
In March, the government presented the ‘Everyone must contribute’ integration proposal, aimed at getting 30,000 immigrants and refugees into contact with the labour market over the next two years through nyttejob, internships or subsidised employment.

“There is great potential to improve the integration of non-western immigrants,” Mads Lundby Hansen, the chief economist at Cepos, told Børsen.

“Currently, there is a large gap between the [ethnic] Danish employment rate of 73 percent and the non-Western immigrant employment rate of 47 percent. We have the capacity to change this.”