Denmark, like most European nations, is confronting serious labor shortages, but its government has decided to look inward rather than outward for solutions. Denmark’s business community is importing fewer and fewer workers from other nations. For example, only four foreign nurses have been hired in the nation’s hospitals over the past year”We’ve chosen to increase our focus on maintaining the employees were already have over putting more effort into securing foreign labor,” said Jorgen Schwensen a Human Resource manager in Copenhagen.
Denmark tried bringing in doctors from India but after evaluating the project concluded important foreign doctors created cultural issues that were not worth the effort. Denmark’s approach raises interesting questions as to whether nations should be investing in job retraining and education for its own work force prior to seeking elsewhere.