Business and Migration – Perceptions from Denmark

A compilation of reflections by Danish business and organised industry on various issues related to migration

Editor and Project Coordinator: Yulia Poskakukhina
Co- Editor: Dylan Eyre

Publication date: february 2009


Business plays a central role in supporting the dynamics of international labour migration and development. While employers can benefit from sound migration management, responsible business and corporate labour market insight can render a valuable contribution to the international debate on cross-border labour mobility.

The private sector may be involved in shaping migration-related policy on a national level. However, the voice of business is rarely heard outside of organised industry and state lobbying circles. Individuals working on migration matters at international and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, think-tanks and government agencies are often unfamiliar with the corporate experience in relation to a multinational workforce.

This compilation gives a glimpse of the perceptions Danish companies and business associations hold on various issues material to international migration. It aspires to make a modest step in opening the business angle to interested policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, public officials, stakeholders and the general public around the world. The initiative extends a platform for corporate and organized industry actors to share their ideas on the present and future demand for foreign labour; to communicate the difficulties which companies face in recruiting and managing employees from abroad; to reflect on potential solutions and existing best practices. Furthermore, it encourages the Danish corporate community to explore matters such as human rights, integration, welfare of migrant workers, migration and development and ethical management of global supply chains.

A series of interviews with private sector and organized industry professionals in Denmark, conducted in October-November 2008 and revisited in January 2009, underlie the report.

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