Denmark desires foreigners to work to get social advantages | World information
By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (dpa) – The Danish government presented a proposal on Tuesday to allow foreigners and people with a migration background to work 37 hours a week in exchange for social benefits.
The proposal of the social democratic minority government said in the morning: “There are still too many people, especially with non-Western backgrounds, who have no job to get up to”. She claimed that many foreign women remain outside the labor market, especially those with roots in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.
“When you come to Denmark you have to work and support yourself and your family,” says the proposal full welfare. “
The program will start with those who have a knowledge of Danish and the qualification will be carried out by the local communities.
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A date for the vote of the 179-seat parliament has not yet been set. Although the Social Democrats do not have a majority, they would likely get support from center-right MPs to get them passed.
Mai Villadsen, MP for the opposition Red-Green Alliance, called the idea “foolish”. She argued that this could put pressure on other workers’ wages.
“The foundation of our welfare society is a strong safety net,” wrote Villadsen on Twitter.
Mirka Mozer, head of a Copenhagen-based organization that helps immigrant women find work, told her the plan didn’t sound ambitious enough.
“We have a lot of women willing to take jobs, including 37-hour (a week) jobs, but there must be more 37-hour jobs,” Mozar told The Associated Press.
In 2018, her group, the Immigrant Women’s Center, registered nearly 13,000 people from 57 different nations. Mozer said it had contacts with dozens of companies offering jobs to immigrant women, but most only worked 4 to 10 hours a week.
“Some fear that their (social) benefits will be cut because they don’t get a 37-hour job,” she said.
Immigrants and their descendants make up 14.1% of Denmark’s nearly 6 million people. The largest groups come from Turkey, Syria and Iraq.
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