Denmark has stolen children from their foreigner parents

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Denmark

Occupy Denmark held on 15 October 2011 a demonstration at City Hall Square [Rådhus Pladsen] in Copenhagen in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Photo: Flickr (set of pictures)

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Denmark Reshapes Its Immigration Policies

When the Liberal-Conservative coalition led by Lars Løkke Rasmussen came to power in Denmark in 2001, it relied on support from the right-wing and staunchly anti-immigrant Danish People's Party [Danske Folkeparty – DF]. As a result of that union, Denmark passed some of the strictest immigration and asylum laws in Europe. Among other things, its policies restricted benefits to immigrants, limited their ability to work and required Danes marrying a foreigner to post an $11,600 bond. The number of asylum seekers and relatives of immigrants applying for entry into the country dropped by nearly 70% over nine years, and the DPP moved closer to its goal: a complete end to immigration from non-Western countries. [...]

The government's common policy outlines a number of concrete changes. They include automatic citizenship for children born and raised in Denmark, regardless of their parents' citizenship; equal welfare rights for immigrants and Danes; vast reductions in application fees and cash securities; expanded work benefits for asylum seekers; and the possibility of dual citizenship, which will ease the naturalization process. The coalition also plans to ease family reunification rules, which have seen 800 children denied residency permits since 2005, frequently leading to the separation of children and their parents.

Read more at Time with interesting comments

Dual citizenship for Danes...

Danes will soon be allowed dual citizenship if the new government carries through with its promise to change the current situation. At present Denmark is one of a handful of European countries that does not grant dual citizenship, but that could all change soon, according to a report in newspaper Berlingske Tidende (link in danish).
Two sentences in the new coalition government’s platform seem to indicate that the contentious issue will soon rise to the fore again as it states: “Denmark is a modern society in an international world. Therefore dual citizenship must be permitted.”
People holding Danish passports have long been denied the right to hold another – a state of affairs that was fiercely upheld by the Danish People’s Party (DF), who are now no longer in a position of power.

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