Are You Travelling to Denmark? The Country Has Just Tightened Its Immigration Laws

The nation of Denmark, which is [in]famous for having one of the most restrictive immigration laws in Europe, has announced plans to reduce the population of “non-western” foreigners within their borders in a radical blueprint relayed to the press.

Denmark will set a maximum level for residents of “non-Western” origin in a bill which stipulates that a limit of 30 percent should apply in urban districts within ten years.

This signifies that in the next decade, only thirty percent of residents not of “Western origin” will be allowed in urban districts referred to as ghettos.

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Who are “non-western” Residents?

These are foreigners who immigrated from countries not considered “western,” and developed. Wikipedia lists this countries as:

Australia, New Zealand, Canada, all European member countries of the EFTA and EU, the European microstates, the NATO military alliance, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Interior Minister Kaare Dybvad Bek declared that too many foreigners “not of Western origin” would “increase the risk of the emergence of religious and cultural parallel societies”. The British Guardian, among others, reports on the government’s plans.

Thus, this restriction is applicable to citizens from developing nations like Nigeria and India. However, if you originate from an under-developed countries, but are a citizen of a developed nation like the United States, this new law is not applicable to you.

The ministry explicitly no longer uses the term “ghetto” in the new draft law. The word is “misleading,” said the minister, and “distracts from the work to be done in these areas“. It is expected that the law can be passed after a debate.

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So far, a list of so-called ghetto areas has been drawn up annually. These were neighborhoods with more than 1,000 people, more than half of whom were “non-Western” origin and who met two of following four criteria:

  • More than 40 percent unemployment rate
  • More than 60 percent of 39-50 year olds without a higher education qualification
  • Crime rate three times the national average
  • Gross income of residents more than 55 percent below the regional average.

Currently, 15 areas are subject to this regulation and 25 more are considered “endangered” according to the Ministry of the Interior. In neighbourhoods on the list, crimes can be punished more severely and some benefits are withdrawn. In addition, child care is compulsory from the age of one year, in the event of refusal, state subsidies are canceled.

Denmark has had one of the toughest immigration policies in Europe for years and the hand of the country wasn’t lifted even when Social Democratic Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen took office in June 2019.

Around 14 percent of the Danish population are migrants or have a migrant background. Nigerians today constitute one of the highest population of emigrants to Western countries, with 392,811 of the citizens in the United States documented to have been born in the African nation.

However, track record show that Nigerians are the most successful immigrant nation in the States.

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