Get help about Unemployment Insurance in Denmark
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As a foreign national, I was unaware/naive regarding Denmark's unemployment system. I have a 2 year contract with just over 6 months left. Having rung many akasse agencies they all say you get nothing unless you've been a member and working for a year. What I wanted to know, is there anything that can be done so that I can receive some kind of benefits if I fail to find another job after these 6 months?

Thanks for any advice,
Christopher Barnes
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I am sorry to tell you that it is right what the A-kasser told you. The requirements are very clear and it is not possible to be exempted from the requirements.
Only for graduates there is special rules - they dont need to have been member/worked before getting unemployment benefits.
If you work as phD it will sometime (depending on salary) be possible to use graduate rules, but I assume its not your case.

Best regards,
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Hi Anders,

Thank you for your quick response. Funnily enough I am a PhD graduate from the UK, so my previous employment within the UK was as a PhD immediately proceeding my job here.

Does this help at all?

Thanks for any help!
Chris Barnes
to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Denmark, you must have completed the PhD program in Denmark and it must have had a minimum duration of 18 months.
Although it is possible to follow some of study abroad but one of the requiremets for using graduates rule is that you must had a permanent address in Denmark no later than one day before the start of your education. As I understand your comment you have followed and completed your PhD in UK and is now working on normal conditions in Denmark.
So you can not use graduates rule - you can only the normal rules for earners.
(= 1 year of membership/work).

Best regards

I am sorry I just submitted a similar question. I also hapen to have completed my PhD abroad.

Looking at this sentence from your webpage (under Benefits):

"To be entitled to unemployment benefits when you become unemployed, you must have had at least 52 weeks (1.924 hours) of work within the last three years and been a member of an unemployment insurance fund for at least one year."

I thought that the 1924 hours could have been completed in the last three years right? I guess it is a matter then of modifying this sentence so that it includes the restriction of "1 year of membership AND work" that you talk about...

Best regards,

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