Today, a number of networks organise collaboration between members of the Danish diaspora. The networks make an important contribution with regard to supporting social and cultural ties locally. However, no organisation exists today to connect them with our Danish diaspora on a larger scale, focussing on Danish businesses’ and organisations’ business and knowledge stakeholders. This means that the valuable competencies and resources of the Danish diaspora are not fully brought into play, and Denmark misses out on the potential of the Danish diaspora contributing to enhanced knowledge, growth and employment.
The task force recommends that an association called Diaspora Denmark be established, such association to ensure that the recommendations of the task force are rooted in the right target groups and strengthen Denmark’s diaspora effort. The association must be a one-point-of-entry that drives existing and new business-oriented Danish diaspora efforts and facilitates direct collaboration between the Danish diaspora, the business sector, knowledge organisations, political levels and other existing and future players working for and with the diaspora. The association must be supported by a small but effective secretariat that physically could be placed with a host organisation which, in addition to making office facilities available, is also able to provide access to IT infrastructure, finance functions as well as communication and marketing services. The association will be responsible for procuring the financing for the secretariat and for the priority areas recommended below.