Closing the green card scheme is a mistake
Sidst opdateret: Monday, 13. June 2016 - 9:01 / caf
This is frustrating news, according to IDA. With the current lack of highly educated candidates with a technical or science-related background in mind, the scheme has never been more important.
The Social Democratic Party, the Danish People’s Party and the Socialist People’s Party declared that they are ready to close down the green card scheme completely with effect in June 2016.
A decision that IDA is very much against, says Thomas Damkjær Petersen, President of IDA:
“It is sad that a majority in the Parliament wants to make it more difficult for Danish companies to recruit highly educated working capacity. A long line of industries are in desperate need of engineers and candidates with degrees inside natural sciences, and we cannot do that without also recruiting knowledge from abroad,” says Thomas Damkjær Petersen.
He recognises the fact that the scheme has had its errors and that there are unfortunate examples of candidates that have come to Denmark and have ended up in low-paid jobs. This is directly contrary to the intentions of the scheme.
”But those system errors are to a large extend corrected today and we owe it to give the revised scheme some time to prove its worth. When companies cannot find the engineers and natural sciences candidates they need, it has its price in growth and welfare. The lack of engineers is noticeable and a worst case scenario from closing the green card scheme is that companies will have to decline new orders and move abroad, because they do not have the right competencies. We simply cannot afford that,” says Thomas Damkjær Petersen and refers to a prognosis made by the technological alliance Engineer the Future, which shows that Denmark will be short on 13,500 engineers and natural sciences candidates already in 2015.
According to the proposed law, the elimination of the green card scheme came into effect on June 10, 2016.