Parliament passed a law to establish legal mechanisms for developing large mining projects, which included granting labor permits to migrant Chinese workers who would build the mine. The country courts foreign investors to tap mineral deposits that are becoming more accessible due to rising temperatures. However, the government’s opposition party said it would scrap the new law if it wins the scheduled parliamentary elections on March 11, warning that an influx of foreign workers could depress and disrupt the traditional way of life in the country. The European Union has urged Greenland to restrict Chinese development of rare-earth projects in the country as China accounts for 95% of the world’s rare-earth mineral supply; however, the government said it wouldn’t give preferential treatment to Europeans over Chinese.
Chinese Workers—in Greenland? - Businessweek