By: Jan Petter Myklebust
17 November 2016
The inward migration of foreign experts, including university teachers and researchers, is good business for Denmark regardless if they are coming from India, China or Germany, according to a new analysis of Danish registry statistics – among the most complete in the world.
Highly educated foreigners working in Denmark in the decade 2003-13 are found to have contributed positively to the Danish economy.
Whether they are bringing their accompanying families, receiving Danish welfare provisions like visiting doctors and hospitals, receiving Danish student financing or SU, or having children in Danish schools or kindergartens, there is a surplus income for the Treasury, even when including in the cost benefit analysis the possibility that guest researchers in Denmark might receive a tax rebate.
The analysis was published by the think tank DEA on behalf of the Confederation of Danish Industry, which represents 10,000 companies.
The context of the analysis is that great challenges lie ahead for Danish industry in the coming years, with slow economic growth and pressure on public finances, combined with demographic changes when the post-war generation goes into retirement.