In November 2008, Greenland voted in favour of greater autonomy and the ability to gradually take over authority from Denmark over various aspects of life on the world's largest island.
In his New Year's speech to Greenlanders, Prime Minister Hans Enoksen, Siumut (Social Democrats), said that one area that the government will be working hard to bring about, is a speedy takeover of responsibility for foreigners and immigration. The reason is shortage of labour.
“We would like to work for quick takeover of the responsibility for immigration and for immigration legislation. We want to do this because we expect a major labour shortage,” Enoksen said.
“For this reason we will welcome foreigners who want to work in this country,” he said.