DEBAT - There is no way denying it. In the past decades the process of integrating refugees in Denmark has been lackluster.
If we are to succeed with integrating the large numbers of refugees arriving in these years, we have to speed up the integration process.
We owe it to the people arriving in Denmark every day. And we owe it to ourselves.
For that to happen we have to acknowledge the complexity of integration and adjust our approach. Experience shows that one single factor will not change the outcome. We need all parts of society to make an effort.
Refugees and Danes must seek each other
Refugees and immigrants have a responsibility to take actions to increase their chances of getting a job. This includes improving their Danish language skills and socializing more with Danes. This can improve their understanding of the Danes and the Danish culture. Through a larger network they will gain insight into how to navigate in the Danish job market and be better prepared for a job in Denmark.
Copenhageners must welcome refugees and immigrants. We can make refugees and immigrants feel welcome by introducing them to Danish culture or by inviting them into our homes for a Danish meal. This kind of social networking can improve refugees and immigrants' access to the Danish job market.
Employ the refugees
Companies should be open to hire candidates that are new to Danish culture and perhaps not fluent in Danish. The companies should consider if it is strictly necessary to master the Danish language 100 pct. to hold a specific job. A fast integration into the labour market is essential for having a good life in Copenhagen.
The City of Copenhagen have the responsibility to help all unemployed including refugees and immigrants into the labour market. The City of Copenhagen's Jobcentre Copenhagen International (JCI) assists newcomers during their first three years in Denmark while they are covered by the Act of Integration. JCI has programmes for refugees and immigrants as well as international staff, students and spouses.
If we all join forces, the integration of newcomers into the Danish labour market will become much easier. This is the key to "make it in Denmark".
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