Denmark: Radical Islamists recruit juvenile delinquentsRadical Islamists recruit juvenile delinquents
Radical Islamist groups recruit members from immigrant gangs, a two-day intelligence conference in Copenhagen concluded on Tuesday. Police will now collaborate with schools and social workers in order to determine how big the problem is and what can be done to stop fundamentalist groups from recruiting more members among teenage trouble-makers. One top police officer said that the radical organisations offer juvenile delinquents a strong group ethos that they cannot find anywhere else.
Integration tops welfare reform agenda
Integration is at the top of the government's welfare reform agenda, said Finance Minister Thor Pedersen this morning. Thor Pedersen added that the poor employment rate among immigrants will cost Denmark 34 billion kroner this year. Accordingly, improved integration will save the state more money than for instance a reform of early retirement pensions.
Half of all immigrants outside labour market
About every second immigrant stands outside the reach of the Danish labour market, the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) reported Wednesday. 'Denmark's high social benefits clearly make it less attractive to find work instead of being passively sustained,' said DI's CEO, Hans Skov Christensen. The organization said more than 20 percent of all male immigrants lost out economically by working, when childcare costs were taken into account. In Germany, the share was only 5 percent. Additionally, DI said a new study indicated that good Danish language skills are crucial for immigrants and refugees to find a job and keep it. The study also warned that immigrants who have been in the country for a number of years without acquiring the necessary language skills risk getting lost in the system, because language programmes typically concentrate on newly arrived immigrants and refugees. In addition, companies criticised local language courses, because they lack a focus on real-life, business situations.