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Racial Hostility In Denmark as Refugees Flood In

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Denmark is often viewed as a model social democracy, but its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers has exposed the limits of these claims. In the country’s July 2015 national elections, the nativist Danish People’s Party (DPP) won over 21 per cent of the vote, making them the second largest party after the Social Democrats, momentarily looking as though they might form a right-wing coalition government.
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Despite government attempts to make things worse for refugees in the past year, Bendixen maintains that Denmark remains one of the most welcoming countries in Europe for asylum seekers. The government’s creation of an increasingly hostile environment for refugees and non-Danish citizens has been the catalyst for a group of people now willing to act in solidarity with refugees, regardless of the legal consequences they face.
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Despite government attempts to make things worse for refugees in the past year, Bendixen maintains that Denmark remains one of the most welcoming countries in Europe for asylum seekers. The government’s creation of an increasingly hostile environment for refugees and non-Danish citizens has been the catalyst for a group of people now willing to act in solidarity with refugees, regardless of the legal consequences they face.
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Nearly 300 people face criminal charges for aiding refugees in Denmark in September 2015, and the government continues to create a hostile environment by cracking down on migration.
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As humans I think we all have a responsibility to help out our fellow man. That being said countries also have the duty of keeping its citizens safe. There must be a strong push to help but also make sure the people coming into your country are not dangerous. I know it is a hard task but if you cannot perform that task you should think twice about letting them in.
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A couple of days ago the BBC published a story debunking a photo that claimed to show a refugee in Europe was a member of the Islamic State (IS). The before-and-after photo, which went viral after previous reports in the media of IS using the"migrant crisis" to smuggle militants into the European Union, turned out to be false. The man shown in the image – shared tens of thousands of times – was not an IS militant but a former commander in the Free Syrian Army who had been profiled by the Associated Press only last month.
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The deputy leader of the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, Soeren Espersen, said Muslim asylum seekers should be barred from Europe because it needed “a respite after recent terrorist attacks”.
He was accused of attempting to create a system of"religious apartheid" by the main opposition party, while another politician pointed out the existence of Islamist terrorists does not mean all Muslims are"guilty".
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The first thing to consider is that, unlike some of our STEM expert professionals immigrating from allied nations, refugees fleeing a war zone in a broken, impoverished nation with little more than the clothes on their backs probably aren’t likely to have a ton of gold and silver goodies on them. How much are you really going to recover as compared to the cost of processing and caring for them?
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The harsh measures have caused an international outcry but also genuine surprise: why has Denmark — supposedly a brand name when it comes to human rights and development — adopted such austere policies? Why is Denmark suddenly leading a race to the bottom in Europe when it comes to deterring refugees?

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The DPP is supported by about 12% of Denmark's 5.3m population and is widely expected to prop up the minority Liberal-Conservative government in the forthcoming general election. The party, which has 13 MPs in the Folketing (parliament), advocates the repatriation of refugees to their countries of origin. It says that only small numbers should be accepted provisionally, but it insists that it is not racist."We're colour blind in our party," its strategist, Soren Espersen, said.
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