Ramesh Kumar, 34, has worked for 10 years as a lawyer in India.
Until recently, he dreamed of earning good money as a lawyer in Denmark.Now he rates on working as a cleaner or dishwasher in Copenhagen.
“It is impossible to get a good job that suits my qualifications. So I am now interested in anything just to survive,” says Ramesh Kumar.
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More are on the way
Ramesh Kumar is one of the 1,373 foreigners who have been Greencard since the system was expanded in summer 2008. But far more is coming.
The number of applicants has risen from 816 in 2008 to nearly 5,800 in 2009. And right now there is a backlog of more than 5,000 cases awaiting a decision from the Immigration Service.
Indians with Greencard washes up
The idea was that they should ensure Danish companies highly skilled workers but the reality is that many of them end up getting unskilled odd jobs.
“I have met many Indians with Greencard in Copenhagen and they are either unemployed or else they work as a newspaper deliverer, dishwashing or cleaning,” says Ramesh Kumar.
There are no figures on how it goes with Greencard foreigners in Denmark.Up to 60% will never get a CPR number, which probably covers that part using the system as tickets to other EU countries. And then there are those who stay in Denmark – they show up on employment services.
“It has happened in the last year. There is starting to get very many. And even if they have high education and experience, they can often not get work. Among other things because they do not speak Danish. And so they end up typically with a cleaning ‘, “says employment consultant in Jobcenter Copenhagen, Hanne Christensen.
Often Greencard receivers from poor countries indebted himself to go to Denmark. Therefore, they are forced to take a job after arrival in Denmark.
“There are so many that have been trapped in the system here. It is extremely expensive for them to travel to Denmark. And they think in fact that there are jobs in Denmark, where there is now a green card system. Why should the government abandon the scheme here, “says Kannathasan Pandian, who is chairman of the Association of Indians in Denmark.
By December the government decided to support the Liberal Party and Danish People’s Party to Greencard scheme should continue. But recent data have now integration minister Birthe Ronn Hornbech to launch an investigation. It shall determine the progress of the foreigners coming to Denmark on Greencard. And whether Danish companies are satisfied with the scheme.