In Sixties and seventies, Denmark allowed and welcomed migrants from non-European countries to do the dirty work on cheap wages. They had to work hard to establish, take care of families and even learn the language as they went along.
There were no language courses, official guidance or integration schemes until recently.
Now after 5 decades, Copenhagen has realised that it must be more welcoming to the new expats and international work force.
So on 7th March, a letter from the department of culture and leisure was sent to those, municipality wanted to show its new house. My friend Nasar Malik and I went to check out the place.
The mayor of culture, Carl Christian explained that the new house would help the new arrivals because relocating to and living in another country can be challenging. Often there are many practical matters to attend to. International House Copenhagen is there to make settling in as easy as possible.
In a 7-floor building in the heart of Copenhagen you can have your paperwork sorted out, get help to find a network and/or a job, talk to our leisure guides, participate in events and much more.
Congratulation, Copenhagen. It is better late than never.