Denmark - Plan for labour market integration of refugees - March 31, 2016

After a tripartite 21-point plan was formulated in February (see our February Newsletter) the government concluded an agreement with trade union and business representatives that they say will help refugees get into the national labour force. The key point of the agreement is a new so-called ‘integration basic education’ scheme (IGU), which aims to put refugees in short-term jobs at an apprentice salary level of between 50 to 120 kroner per hour. The IGU jobs can last for up to two years and refugees will also be offered skill development or education courses of up to 20 weeks. Companies who hire refugees under the IGU scheme can qualify for a financial bonus of up to 40,000 kroner if the refuges are employed for two years.


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