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DI on new proposal: Smart to keep business and integration separate

The Danish government is today proposing new rules for family reunification. The Confederation of Danish Industry praises the proposal for not affecting the rules on highly educated foreign employees.
Minister for Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg has presented a proposal for new rules on family reunification to negotiators. Photo: Ministry of Immigration and Integration

Publiceret: 25.01.2018
Af Felix Bekkersgaard Stark mail

Just under a year ago, the Social Democrats and the government entered a temporary agreement on the rules for family reunification. The agreement ensured that spouses of highly payed foreigners would be exempt from the requirement to pass a Danish language test.

But it was also entered with an expiry date, requiring renegotiation within one year.
Therefore, the government has today issued a new proposal on rules for family reunification, which sets a number of requirements for current residents and Danes living abroad if they wish to bring a spouse to Denmark.

“With this proposal, we want to make it easier for Danes living abroad to return to Denmark with a foreign spouse, as long as he or she has the potential to be properly integrated into society. That way, you do not have to worry about falling love if you are stationed abroad. And those who have already married abroad can return with new knowledge under their belt for the benefit of business at home,” says Minister of Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg.

DI welcomes the proposal

At the Confederation of Danish Industry, Deputy Director Steen Nielsen is pleased that the proposal will not affect the rules on foreign labour.

“Last summer, there was a risk that new legislation would be passed that included the spouses of highly paid foreign employees in the requirement for Danish proficiency. That would be highly unfortunate, since these kinds of employees often move to Denmark without intending to settle permanently, and such a requirement would seriously deter many foreigners considering to come Denmark to work,” says Steen Nielsen.

He notes that foreign employees are absolutely essential for many Danish companies, and that the task is therefore to make it more attractive for them to come to Denmark.

“It is therefore of critical importance that the outcome of the upcoming negotiations maintain the distinction between the rules on family reunification and the rules on foreign employees, so that there is no deterioration of the conditions for spouses of foreign employees,” says Steen Nielsen.

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With this proposal, we want to make it easier for Danes living abroad to return to Denmark with a foreign spouse, as long as he or she has the potential to be properly integrated into society.

MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION AND INTEGRATION INGER STØJBERG
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PUBLISHED: 1/25/2018 LAST MODIFIED: 1/26/2018