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In the government’s programme for bills to be presented in the parliamentary year 2020/2021, the minister for immigration and integration intends to present a bill with the purpose of giving all foreigners in Denmark with a residence permit the right to volunteer in Denmark. In Denmark, a large share of youth work is conducted by the volunteers in associations and organisations.
In the political understanding, A fair direction for Denmark, the government and its three supporting parties have outlined the political objectives and priorities for the government.
One of the objectives of the new government is to strengthen Danish democracy. Among other things, this will take place via the following initiative:
Mapping and removing bureaucratic burdens for voluntary associations and increase the use of “leisure time passes” to vulnerable youths and children, so that more have the opportunity to participate in associations.
See also section 2.8 on the allocation of funds from the former rate adjustment pool, which a majority in parliament cancelled as of January 2019.
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown of society in spring and again in December 2020, young people cannot participate in associational life to the same extent as previously. This has spurred a debate on young people’s inability to thrive and loneliness because of their isolation and exclusion from communities in which they normally participate.