STCKHOLM, July 18 (Xinhua) — About 100 Iraqi interpreters and aid workers granted asylum in Denmark last year are choosing to return to Iraq due to their unemployment, according to reports reaching here from Copenhagen Friday.
The Iraqis, who had worked for the Danish military in Iraq, arrived in Denmark with their families last July when the army withdrew its troops.
After one year in Denmark only a handful of the interpreters, 13 of whom are engineers, have found work, reported Danish public broadcaster DR, adding that Iraqi refugees are choosing an uncertain life in Iraq over unemployment in Denmark.
“Companies are currently experiencing a lack of qualified labor, including engineers, and it was believed that they would find work quickly. But despite being highly qualified and speaking fluent English, only one of the Iraqi engineers has found a job,” said Treine Schou Tinborg, president of the National Association of Engineers (IDA).
In spite of being qualified, the Iraqi refugees in Denmark have been going through a hard time in finding jobs, China View reported.