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Basic Integration Education programme is a good tool for getting refugees into the job market

After a slow start, employers and municipalities have really taken to the new Basic Integration Education (IGU) programme, which aims to help more refugees gain a foothold in the job market. In October, the number of courses set up under the scheme passed the 1,000 mark.
As of October, a total of 1,022 IGU contracts have been registered with the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). In October 2017, 82 IGU contracts were registered.


In October 2017, course number 1000 under the Basic Integration Education (IGU) scheme was set up. By the end of October, a total of 1,022 IGU courses had been initiated.

After a slow start, municipalities and employers have really taken to the scheme. In the first six months following the launch of the programme, 116 IGU courses were set up, while more than 900 courses have been set up over the past ten months.

Since January 2017, an average of 68 IGU courses have been set up per month, show new figures from the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

“Both employers and refugees have welcomed the IGU programme. It is a good tool for getting more refugees into the job market. Getting out into a workplace and gaining colleagues is a decisive step towards integrating into Danish society and becoming able to support oneself and one’s family,” says Deputy Director Steen Nielsen, DI.

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Numbers vary from municipality to municipality

The number of IGU courses that have been set up in individual municipalities varies greatly. Frederiksberg, Jammerbugt and Middelfart municipalities top of the list with 39, 38 and 38 IGU courses respectively.

But there are also municipalities where not a single IGU course has been initiated. It must be noted, however, that a few of the municipalities that have not made use of the scheme have hardly any residents within the target group for the IGU programme.

“The Basic Integration Education programme was an important part of the tripartite agreement signed in March last year. We can now see that the initiatives in the agreement were the right ones. Many refugees have now started IGU courses, vocational training and ordinary jobs rather than receiving passive benefits,” says Steen Nielsen.

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Facts about IGU

The Basic Integration Education (IGU) programme was launched on 1 July 2016, and the number of contracts signed under the scheme has increased steadily ever since.
The programme consists of a two-year traineeship in which a refugee is employed at a company and paid trainee wages, while receiving other schooling such as Danish lessons in parallel.
The scheme is part of the tripartite agreement on labour market integration between the government and social partners.
It is a supplement to internships, wage subsidised jobs and upskilling.

Many refugees have now started IGU courses, vocational training and ordinary jobs rather than receiving passive benefits.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEEN NIELSEN, DI
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PUBLISHED: 11/8/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 11/8/2017