Comment: Denmark has tightened its immigration and integration laws an umpteenth time, according to the BBC. The Danish case is a cause for concern since it may involve a breach in human rights and EU laws. The political power balance is held by the far-right Danish People’s Party, who have voted for legislation in return that the government tightens immigration laws.
The question to ask about Denmark is what is the end-game? Will immigrants embrace Danish society when the country’s laws are hostile to this group of people? Does it promote inclusion? Does it create the groundwork for a new healthy generation of Danes of different ethnic backgrounds?
If you asked DPP’s Pia Kjaersgaard she’d probably tell you to go fly a kite.
Two important matters are at play with respect to the rise of far-right parties in Europe: the so-called war on terror waged by former President George W. Bush after 9/11 and the financial meltdown of September 2008.
Some see strong anti-immigration sentiment in Denmark as a blow to the country’s image. Can we speak of Denmark being a liberal, enlightened Nordic welfare state? Probably the correct description would be reactive, far-right and populist at least when it comes to immigration.
Do you agree?
By Chris Bowlby, BBC Radio 4
Critics of Denmark’s tightening rules on immigration and integration say the country is violating European norms, including human rights legislation. How much has Denmark’s approach to these issues been transformed under pressure from a right-wing populist party?
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