Is Green Better than Blue? The Danish JHA Opt-Out and the Unilateral Attempt to Attract Highly Skilled Labour

European Journal of Migration and Law 17 (2015) 329-360

35 Pages Posted: 3 May 2016 Last revised: 10 Apr 2017

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Marlene Wind

University of Copenhagen

Silvia Adamo

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law; University of Copenhagen - Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI)

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

In 20–30 years Denmark will, just like the rest of the EU, be in need of an increasing number of highly skilled workers from outside the EU to sustain its welfare society. While the EU has adopted a common Blue Card aiming at making it possible for foreign workers to live and work in most of the EU, Denmark has, due to its opt-out in Justice and Home Affairs, chosen its own Green Card Scheme. This article looks into this choice and compares the recent Danish attempt to attract high skilled workers with the Blue Card directive. It analyses the differences and similarities between the two schemes and investigates why initiatives to attract highly skilled workers have not been successful at either the Danish nor the European level.

Keywords: Blue Card, Danish JHA opt-out, Green Card, highly skilled labour, migration

Suggested Citation

Wind, Marlene and Adamo, Silvia, Is Green Better than Blue? The Danish JHA Opt-Out and the Unilateral Attempt to Attract Highly Skilled Labour (December 1, 2015). European Journal of Migration and Law 17 (2015) 329-360, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2773485

Marlene Wind

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5, University of Copenhagen
iCourts - Faculty of law, Uni of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, DK-1040
Denmark

Silvia Adamo (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Karen Blixens Plads 16
Copenhagen S, 2300
Denmark

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI) ( email )

Karen Blixens Plads 16
Copenhagen S, 2300
Denmark

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