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Denmark — New labour mobility agreement with India

16 October 2009

The Danish government has just signed a labour mobility agreement with the Indian Ministry for Overseas Affairs.

The Danish embassy in India has set up a 'Work in Denmark' centre that will work in close collaboration with the Indian government to recruit Indian workers for jobs in Denmark, where there is a strong demand for skilled workers in the fields of biotechnology, health care and information technology. Currently 1,500 nurses are sought for work in the Danish health service.

The Indian government would like to sign an umbrella agreement with the European Union, which would facilitate easier issue of work and resident permits for Indians. The agreement would also include skilled training for Indian workers based on the demands of the host country.

Vayalar Ravi, Indian Minister for Overseas Affairs, told the Times of India, "we are in dialogue with the European Commission. The talks between the Ministry and the EU are at an initial stage but we hope that we will be able to come up with a framework that will allow orderly and legal migration of Indian workers. Visa and [work] permit issues will be independently negotiated with each of the 27 European Union member states."

Europe's aging population and demand for manpower may be a blessing in disguise for India because employment opportunities for Indian workers in the Gulf States have already dried out. This is reflected by the increasing number of incidents of violence against Indians in the Gulf States, ill treatment and cheating by rogue recruitment agencies.



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