"The Greenlandic workforce totals a mere 36,000, and mining experience is rare. The country has opened its doors to migrant workers.

For example, a planned smelting plant in the small Greenlandic town of Maniitsoq will require 5,000 workers for its startup phase, the majority of whom will arrive from China.

In December, the Greenlandic Parliament passed an act allowing large-scale extraction projects valued more than $900,000 to use imported labor and contractors during the development phase of the projects.

“When that phase is over, [the migrant workers] must leave the country, and the regular workforce, contractors, or service personnel must take over,” explained Hammeken-Holm."