Denmark has taken a lot of heat from its Scandinavian neighbours the last few years about these issues. WHenever they’re critizised, we’re told to mind our own business. The only thing is, it’s increasingly becomming our business too.
Let’s look at the new legislation in Denmark for one specific aspect: Danish citizens has married a forreing national and they want to live in Denmark.
[li]Both parties must be at least 24 years old.[/li][li]The Danish person must not have received welfare udring the past year.[/li][li]The couple must have housing of adequate size.[/li][li]The Danish person must be able to support the spouse on his/her own income.[/li][li]The couple must post a guarantee of 53.096 Dkr, roughly $6.000 in case the forreing person must draw some kind of wellfare.[/li][li]The couple must prove that they have a larger connection to denmark, than to another country, e.g. If It’s a Danish woman, 27 years old and a Peruvian Man, 35 years old, and both have lived their whole lives in their respective countries, then the authorities will add up their years and deem that the connection to Peru is stronger than the connection to Denmark.[/li][/ul]
If all prerequisites are fulfilled, the forreign national can get Danish citizenship after 7 years. S/he may be required to take a test in the Danish language and Danish social sciences.
Now, since Denmark, as well as Sweden, are part of the EU, Danish persons in this situation work around this by moving here, to Sweden. Movement is free within the EU, so the Dane moves here and settles with the non EU person. Under Swedish law, the forreigner gets a resident permit (not citizenship) for five years. After two years, the Danish citizen can apply for Swedish citizenship and then legally move to Denmark with the forreign spouse and take up residence.
Pia Kjaersgaard, leader of nationalistic Danish People’s Party and part of the government coalition is on record as saying: “Fuck human rights”.
Another aspect is that this obviously was directed to the “less desireable elements” but hit equally. A debate started about Danes studying in the US, meeting womeone there and then returning home. The minister for Integration, Bertel Haarder: “Everyone knows this isn’t about Americans, but the rules must be the same for every one. Unfortunately. And I do mean unfortunately.”
It doesn’t matter that the Danes elect a parliament that passes these laws and it’s all legal and fine, Bricker. I reserve the right to call racist bullshit when I see it. Even when it’s official policy.