Nadeem Farooq, Radikale MP recommends job searching time of 3 years rather than only 6 months for non-EU students.
Foreign students on successful completion of 3 years of university study should be issued green cards to permit them to stay and work in Denmark automatically, coalition partner Radikale has proposed.
Non-EU country students are now given a mere 6 months of time to find a job after education completion. They are asked to leave, despite of having received grants subsidized by the Danish state. Green cards on education completion will give them 3 years of time for a job search. Nadeem Farooq, the Radikale labour market spokesperson, is encouraging the Employment Minister, Mette Frederiksen (Socialdemokraterne), to include this recommendation in the government’s overhaul of immigration policies this autumn.
“Talented foreigners are being turfed out of Denmark even though they could make the country richer by staying and working after they finish their education. Our businesses need to have the best possible opportunities for recruiting good employees.” Farooq told Berlingske newspaper.
Proposal has attained a wide political support, except from the main opposition party, Venstre.
“I agree that it seems paradoxical that we use tax money to educate people in Denmark but then cannot use their knowledge and let them contribute to Danish society,” Ulla Tørnæs, Venstre’s labour market spokesperson, told Berlingske.
Green card scheme, introduced in 2008 was for non-citizens to fill job positions requiring high levels of skill and education. Scheme was backed by the coalition government parties at that time, Venstre and Konservative, along with Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and Radikale. Modifications to the scheme need to be approved by all parties.
Center for Economic and Business Research published last November that an average foreign worker with a family stays in Denmark for eight years, during which time they contribute 1.9 million Kroner more to the Danish state than they cost.
So, one can expect that as Denmark is welcoming skilled workers through its Greencard Scheme, a similar kind of facility can be there for foreign students pursuing there education from Denmark; or may be EU.
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