Danish People’s Party believes green card scheme is counterproductive
Ahead of tomorrow’s 2020 reform package negotiations with the government, the Danish People’s Party (DF) has announced a proposal to get rid of the green card scheme.
With the scheme, foreign nationals can obtain a residence permit in Denmark based on a points system which determines the likelihood of the applicant being able to find skilled work in the country.
DF’s proposal is based on a study by the Ministry of Immigration, which found that 43 percent of those who have obtained a residence permit under the green card scheme are doing unskilled work and are not making use of their educations in their jobs. Some 28 percent are unemployed, while 29 percent are in jobs that are relevant to their educations.
“The whole point of using foreign workforce is that they should be skilled enough to generate growth in the country,” DF social affairs spokesperson Martin Henriksen told public broadcaster DR. “If we drop the green card scheme and instead focus on getting foreigners who already reside in Denmark into jobs, we could save a lot on public support. That’s good long-term economy.”
Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the prime minister, is not interested in making any compromises before tomorrow’s negotiations.
“We haven’t even started our talks yet,” he said. “The government has proposed a reform package, which also outlines the challenges facing the Danish economy.”
The Social Liberals have bluntly rejected DF’s proposal. “That is a completely wrong way to approach the growth issue,” said Social Liberal finance spokesperson Morten Østergaard. “We need more growth, and that is exactly what an increased foreign workforce can provide.”