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Factsheet for measure DK-2022-12/2323 – measures in Denmark

Basic integration training programme for Ukrainian refugees

Integrationsgrunduddannelse (IGU) til ukrainske flygtninge

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2022 – 01 January 2024
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)
Measure added 18 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

When the war in Ukraine began, millions of Ukrainians were forced to flee. It is crucial to include the Ukrainian refugees in the Danish labor market, however, the difference in language can to a large degree cause verbal barriers, which can make it difficult to enter the labor market. English is used in many workplaces and positions in Denmark, however, many Ukrainians refugees do not speak English nor Danish.

Content of measure

The national government and the social partners have agreed that it should be possible for Ukrainian refugees to attend the basic integration training programme, when they hold a temporary residence permit. A person can only attend the basic integration training programme if he/she is a refugee or family united with a refugee between the age of 18 and 40 years old.

The goal of this initiative is to help refugees from Ukraine enter the Danish labor market as fast as possible. The Ministry of Children and Education is in charge of the implementation of opening the programme up to Ukrainian refugees. The basic integration training programme provides skills and practical experience with the Danish labour market. The programme lasts two years and combines employment in a paid internship at a company with a school education.

Use of measure

There is currently no available data on how many Ukrainians have started attending the basic integration training programme.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Employers' organisations
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Unknown Unknown

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Danish Employers' Association, Danish Trade Union Confederation and the National Association of Municipalities (KL) have been a part of the agreement with the national governments have been a part of the discussion on how to best ensure that Ukrainian refugees succeed in entering the Danish labor market as fast as possible, concluding that Ukrainians should have the possibility to attend the basic integration training programme.

Views and reactions

The social partners support this measure, as it also increases the labour supply thus providing a larger workforce in Denmark.


  • 13 March 2022: Ny aftale: Ukrainere får mulighed for integrationsuddannelse (
  • 16 May 2022: New Danish law for those fleeing Ukraine mirrors EU Temporary Protection Directive (
  • 19 May 2022: Integrationsgrunduddannelse (


Eurofound (2022), Basic integration training programme for Ukrainian refugees, measure DK-2022-12/2323 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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