Over 200 refugees from Ukraine find jobs in Denmark

203 Ukrainian refugees have so far started work in Denmark after being granted residence permits via a special law.

Ukraine's flag at the Danish parliament
Ukraine's flag at the Danish parliament in March. 203 refugees from the country are now working in Denmark after being granted residence under special rules. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

According to new data from the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment, 203 Ukrainian refugees have been able to find jobs in Denmark.

That figure is outweighed by the 4,800 Ukrainian refugees registered as unemployed on Jobnet, a website run by the agency onto which all jobseekers must upload CVs.

The number of working refugees likely to be an undercount, however. That is because those who have found jobs but have yet to receive their residence permit weren’t included in the tally, according to Ritzau and newspaper Berlingske. 

Parliament in March passed a special law aimed at speeding up the process of issuing residence permits for Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Denmark since the Russian invasion of their country began on February 24th. A subsequent special dispensation means Ukrainian refugees no longer need to wait for their paperwork to come through before they begin working, should they be offered a job in Denmark.

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The Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI), an interest organisation for thousands of Danish businesses, said it hoped for the number of Ukrainians working in Denmark to increase.

“These are very low employment figures when you look at how many people are registered as available (to work),” DI vice director Steen Nielsen told Berlingske.

Nielsen also noted that the numbers probably represent an underestimate due to the likelihood of some Ukrainians not being counted.

He said he therefore expects an increase in the figure in the coming months.

To date, 27,365 Ukrainians have applied for residence permits in Denmark, the majority of whom are women and children, the Danish Immigration Service says. More than 18,700 have already received them. 

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Sweden detects fourth leak at Nord Stream pipelines in Baltic Sea

A fourth leak has been detected in undersea pipelines running from Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said Thursday, after pipeline explosions earlier this week in the Danish and Swedish economic zones, in suspected sabotage.

Sweden detects fourth leak at Nord Stream pipelines in Baltic Sea

“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” a Swedish Coast Guard official said, after three leaks were confirmed earlier this week on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

The official added that the two leaks on the Swedish side are “close to each other”.

The Swedish coast guard could not immediately say why the latest leak only appeared days after the initial breaches. 

Media reported that the latest leak was detected at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the coast guard did not confirm this. 

Sweden had previously reported a leak on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline northeast of Bornholm, while Denmark has confirmed a leak on Nord Stream 2 to the southeast of the island, and another to the northeast above Nord Stream 1.

The vast leaks cause significant bubbling at the surface of the sea several hundred metres wide, making it impossible to immediately inspect the structures. 

Suspicions of sabotage emerged after the leaks were detected. Moscow denied it was behind the explosions, as did the United States, saying Moscow’s suggestion it would damage the pipeline was “ridiculous”. 

The UN Security Council will meet Friday to discuss the incident.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which link Russia to Germany, have been at the centre of geopolitical tensions in recent months as Russia cut gas supplies to Europe in suspected retaliation against Western sanctions following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

While the pipelines — operated by a consortium majority-owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom — are not currently in operation, they both still contained gas.

On Thursday, NATO declared that the damage was “the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage”.

“These leaks are causing risks to shipping and substantial environmental damage,” the Western military alliance said in a statement.

Danish officials said on Wednesday – prior to the discovery of the fourth leak – that more than half of the gas in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea had leaked into the atmosphere after they were damaged.

“A clear majority of the gas has already come out of the pipes,” the head of the Danish Energy Agency, Kristoffer Böttzauw, told a press conference.

“We expect the rest to escape by Sunday,” he added.

Defence Minister Morten Bødskov said Wednesday morning that, due to pressure of the gas leaking out, it would take “one or two weeks” before inspections of the damaged structures could begin.

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said at a symposium in Paris that to him it was “very obvious” who was behind the leaks.

He said natural gas shortages in the wake of the war in Ukraine could make for a tough winter in Europe.

“In the absence of a major negative surprise, I think Europe, in terms of natural gas, can survive this winter with a lot of bruises in our bodies in terms of prices, economy and social issues, but we can go through that,” Birol said.