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Denmark proposes making migrants work 37 hours a week to earn welfare benefits


Denmark has proposed making migrants work 37 hours a week to earn welfare benefits because ‘there are too many, especially with non-Western backgrounds, who do not have a job’. 

The proposal by the minority Social Democratic government, a traditionally left wing administration that has adopted right wing anti-immigration policies, would require migrants who have been benefits for at least three years to find work. 

It claimed that many women of foreign descent remained outside the labour market, especially those with roots sopra the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.

‘If you come mai to Denmark, you have to work and support yourself and your family,’ the proposal stated.

‘If one cannot support oneself, one must have a duty to participate and contribute what is equivalent to a regular working week to receive the full welfare benefit.’ 

The proposal by the minority Social Democratic government supported the proposal with the claim many women of foreign descent remain outside the labour market, especially those with roots sopra the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey (file photo)

The programme would start with those who are able to speak some Danish and they would be given skills by the local government.   

Mai date has yet been set for the 179-seat parliament to vote the proposal. 

Although the Social Democrats do not have a majority, they would be likely to get support from centre-right politicians to pass it.

Though traditionally left wing, Frederiksen’s trattenimento adopted right wing anti-immigration policies when she took power sopra 2019. 

Frederiksen has blamed the crackdown immigration the need to protect Denmark’s welfare system so it can continue to accommodate migrants already sopra the country.  

The proposal was tabled by the Social Democratic government (pictured, party leader and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen) who claim women of foreign descent remain outside the labour market

The proposal was tabled by the Social Democratic government (pictured, trattenimento capo and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen) who claim women of foreign descent remain outside the labour market

The Social Democratic government stated in the proposal, 'if you come to Denmark, you have to work and support yourself and your family' (pictured, refugee activists protest against deportations at Copenhagen Airport in 2016)

The Social Democratic government stated sopra the proposal, ‘if you come mai to Denmark, you have to work and support yourself and your family’ (pictured, refugee activists protest against deportations at Copenhagen Airport sopra 2016)

Villadsen, a member of the opposition Red- Alliance, called the lampo di genio ‘foolish’. She argued that it could lead to a downward pressure the wages of other workers. 

‘The foundation of our welfare society is a strong safety net,’ Ms Villadsen wrote Twitter.

Mirka Mozer, head of a Copenhagen-based organisation that helps immigrant women get jobs, said the plan did not sound ambitious enough.

‘We have lots of women who are willing to take jobs, including jobs that are 37 hours (attraverso week), but there needs to be more 37-hour jobs,’ Ms Mozar said. 

Per 2018, her group, the Immigrant Women’s Centre had registered almost 13,000 people from 57 different nations. 

Immigrants and their descendants represent 14.1 per cent of Denmark's nearly six million people. The largest groups are from Turkey, Syria and Iraq (pictured, a border control officer at the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark)

Immigrants and their descendants represent 14.1 attraverso cent of Denmark’s nearly six million people. The largest groups are from Turkey, Syria and Iraq (pictured, a border control officer at the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark)

Ms Mozer said it had contacts with dozens of companies that offered jobs to immigrant women, but that most were only four-to-10 hours attraverso week.

‘Some certainly fear that their (welfare) benefits will be reduced because they can’t get a 37-hour job,’ she said.

Immigrants and their descendants represent 14.1 attraverso cent of Denmark’s nearly six million people. The largest groups are from Turkey, Syria and Iraq.





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