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Supporting reforms to strengthen labour markets social protection systems, and migration management

Supporting Denmark to integrate and attract global talent 

Denmark submitted a request of support with a multi-country dimension on “Talent Hub EU - Collaborative, multi-country migration and integration optimization ” under the Flagship on “Integration of Third Country Nationals in EU Member States”.

The project aims at supporting Copenhagen Capacity to enhance socio-economic integration of the migrants, in particular skilled and highly skilled and facilitate labour mobility across the EU as a way to make Europe a more attractive and competitive destination amidst the global race for talent.

The project is an initiative of regions and countries wishing to benefit from the social and economic gains of migrant integration by, among others, increased international and regional mobility and addressing of rising labour demands in certain sectors. The specific objectives of this project are to support authorities and other relevant national and regional stakeholders in enhancing their capacity to formulate, develop and implement strategies related to talent retention and, more broadly, integration. This will be achieved through a series of interconnected activities, including a situation analysis, capacity-building activities, a review of legislation and a pilot package.

The project will support Denmark to attract and retain skilled and highly skilled third-country nationals in the EU; therefore contributing to drive innovation and to create economic growth.


As the European Union ages and the birth rate continues to lower, Member States, including Denmark, are struggling more and more to fill the labour market gaps in terms of skills and talent.

Moreover, the digital transformation is increasing the demand for migrant workers with the requisite skills and qualifications.

To fully recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to achieve a green, digital transition the EU needs to attract international talent:

Nevertheless, Member States have to confront with many difficulties, such as lengthy procedures to employ third country nationals, or to recognise their qualifications and diplomas, as well as barriers to intra-EU mobility for international talent already working in the EU. Besides, skilled and highly skilled migrants are much more likely to experience discrimination in the recruitment process. and to earn lower salaries, compared to the EU native-born population.

Retention is vital for leveraging the skills of incoming talent to support European labour markets in the long term. Retention is key to talent management, and success in this area can affect the reputation of a place and hence future talents’ attraction. Offering international talent more opportunities to work across the EU would significantly contribute to attracting, nurturing and retaining more talent. To be effective; labour migration policies should go hand in hand with social integration policies.

Support and Impact to be delivered

The project will help:

  • Analysis and assessment report of talent attraction, circulation and retention in Denmark, Germany and other EU countries
  • Assessment of the needs and obstacles of individuals to integrate in primary host country or to move to another country
  • Development of training toolkit based on needs-assessment on designing and implementing talent attraction, circulation and retention schemes
  • Implementation of training to stakeholders
  • Consultation of stakeholders’ knowledge, exchange and coordination needs
  • Recommendations for the establishment of a international and inter-regional coordination, knowledge-sharing and pilot action mechanism on talent mobility and retention
  • Proposal with terms of reference for such an intra-EU coordination mechanism
  • Development of a strategic document for the development of pilot actions on attraction, circulation and retention