Greencard scheme sends the highly skilled foreigners to the bottom of society.

Following article is published on Politiken in Danish, translated using google translate:


To get a greencard as highly educated residents to access an impoverished life and disillusionment, rather than a well paid job in the Danish business; system does not work. So cash is the conclusion of a new thesis from the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University.

Competence Spills
According to the report are 7 out of 10 greencard holders, approximately 2,100 highly skilled foreigners to either unemployment or unskilled jobs.The great power wastage is also demonstrated in a previous study by the Ministry of Integration.
‘The system has failed in the sense that there will be a lot of people in Denmark, which will be hugely disappointed. The lands on the bottom of society, and their savings with no. Some will even receive money from their families and friends, and hence we both pundits and money from developing countries, “said Mia Mortensen, MSc and author of the dissertation.

For broad criteria
Greencard scheme was introduced in 2008 to attract skilled foreign workers, helping Danish businesses in the global competition. Unlike other work permit schemes have you as a foreigner does not have a job on hand, but meet the criteria of a scoring system based on primary education, work experience and English skills.

but the thesis concludes, first, that the criteria are too broad, because they are not adapted to Danish companies’ needs and to greencard-holders are left to themselves from day one without rights. “They should not come in internship, and they have no right to start their own business. It creates great frustration for many of them are creative, innovative minds with ideas in the import and export, “says Mia Mortensen. “We will not be a burden ‘ Danish Green Card Association is an association of greencard holders and tells President Mohammad Faisal, the lack of opportunities and rights creates deep frustration:

“There are more than 300 knowledge workers from Bangladesh with at least one graduate degree, but only five of them are in paid jobs that match their qualifications. The same conditions apply for those from Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran and Ghana. Many of us have several years experience on various fronts and may contribute to the Danish economy.We will in no way be a burden to society, but the authorities could help us to enter the labor market ‘.

Rejecting people with greencard
The publicly funded organization Novum connects highly skilled immigrants to small and medium-sized export-focused firms. Novum doing upgrading courses to provide the best candidates insight into the Danish business culture, but must reject many with greencard.

‘We recruit the best of the best to help Denmark in the export market and meet many highly qualified candidates with a greencard. But they have no opportunity to be with, and the consequence is that Denmark loses export opportunities, “said Director Vanessa de Oliveira Stephensen.

Trying to solve the problem
Minister for Employment Mette Frederiksen (S) will not comment in his holiday. But employment spokesman Leif Lahn (S) says there are problems with the scheme, which will be attempted solved when government makes a reform of the area this fall. The Radical labor spokesman Nadeem Farooq, concedes that greencard scheme has failed. Under the reform, he will therefore take steps to improve the criteria of the scoring system and give greencard-holders more rights: “It is no good that these people fall out and may scrape through life, we have enough challenges already.”


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