Social Cohesion

The information contained in this following was extracted from a recent news article in the World News Daily.

Some European countries have been influenced dramatically in recent years by Muslim immigrants who choose not to integrate, forming separate societies. In Britain, districts have developed where immigrant communities police their own area and adjudicate conflicts through Shariah courts.

Officials in Denmark are taking steps to stop such developments.

“As a society, for too many years we have not made the necessary demands of newcomers,” said a new Danish government report,  “We have had far too low expectations for the refugees and immigrants who came to Denmark.  We have not made sufficiently tangible demands on jobs and self-sufficiency.”

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that “we must step more into character and stick to our Danish values.  We must not accept that democracy is replaced with hatred in parallel societies..  Radicalization must not be protected.  It must be revealed.  The aim is to preserve social cohesion in the country by encouraging integration and discouraging ethnic and social self-segregation.”

This effort comes just after the nation approved a ban on foreign funding of mosques.  The moves have made Denmark the vanguard of European efforts to preserve local traditions and values in the face of mass migration, runaway multiculturalism and the encroachment of political Islam.

The neighborhood requirements call for relocating residents of non-Western origin so that, over the next 10 years they do not comprise more than 30% of the total population of any neighborhood or housing area in Denmark.”

“Ghetto areas” also are being targeted.  The term ‘ghetto,’ which refers to areas with high concentrations of immigrants, unemployment and crime, first came into official use in Denmark in 2010.  They are identified by a high percentage of non-Western residents, large numbers unemployed, large numbers convicted of crimes and low average income.

The report explains that  it wants “a cohesive Denmark. A Denmark that is based on democratic values such as freedom and the rule of law, equality and freedom. Tolerance and equality. A Denmark where everyone participates actively.”

There were 5.1 million Danes in 1980, there are 5.8 million now.  “The majority of the new Danes have a non-Western background,” the government said. “In 1980, there were about 50,000 people with non-Western backgrounds in Denmark. Today there are almost half a million. This corresponds to an increase from approximately one percent of the population to approximately 8.5 percent.” Immigrants, the government is insisting, have “the responsibility to learn Danish, to get a job and become part of the local community and to be integrated into their new homeland.”

The report goes on to say that low demands have resulted in low accomplishment.  “For decades too many refugees and family-reunified people have not been integrated into Danish society. They have been allowed to clump together in ghetto areas without contact with the surrounding community, even after many years in Denmark, because we have not made clear demands on them to become part of the Danish community.”

The nation’s effort to reduce the number of “ghettos” already is underway, with the number of such neighborhoods dropping from 29 in 2018 to 15 in 2020.

The government also intends to significantly limit the number of people seeking asylum in Denmark.  “Our goal is zero asylum seekers.  We cannot promise zero asylum seekers, but we can establish the vision for a new asylum system, and then do what we can to implement it. We must be careful that not too many people come to our country, otherwise our social cohesion cannot exist. It is already being challenged.”

My own comments follow:

I urge our leaders in Washington to take note.  Five million so-called asylum seekers poured across our southern borders over the past twenty months.  They are largely non-muslim, but they bring many of the same problems.  How do we integrate them into our society?  How do we ensure our continued social cohesion?

I believe we can learn something from the Danes.

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