Danish News Round: New chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Immigration Committee is strongly biased towards applicants from Islamic countries

New Citizen Mikkel Bjørn has given a clear indication of the likely direction for his chairmanship of the Immigration Committee, the Norwegian Parliament’s Immigration Committee, over the next four years: an increased bias towards applicants from Islamic countries.

As of February 2022, Islamic countries made up four of the seven countries with the most immigrants in : (35,325), (33,487), (21,966) and (18,044). Only Poland (44,213) has more than Syria.

A worse experience
“It should be no secret that we have a significantly worse experience in granting citizenship to people from Islamic countries than we have with other countries,” he said, according to DR.

“With the current situation, I think that we have such a bad experience in granting citizenship to people from Islamic countries that unless we get a model where I can gain greater insight into people’s attitudes, attitudes and values, I will have difficulty to defend decisions to give. citizenship to people I know nothing about.”


The body for sexual health calls on the government to raise the abortion limit
Sex & Society argues that abortion should be allowed in Denmark within 18 weeks of conception – especially because women are often informed about the condition of their fetus at a check-up visit in the 12th week of pregnancy, which is the current limit. The limit was set 50 years ago, when the law on the authorization of abortions was first introduced. “The woman does not have the opportunity to act on the check unless she receives permission from a so-called abortion consultation,” argued Sex & Society manager Majbrit Berlau. “We want to ensure that women’s rights are as strongly protected as possible.”

No increase in credit risks despite recent high inflation, but watch this space…
The number of people in the RKI register, a list of people in Denmark who are classified as a credit risk for various reasons, has not increased despite the added pressure from rising costs and inflation. Experian, the owner of the RKI register, has confirmed that the 170,912 people on the list at the end of the year represent an increase of just 42 by the end of 2021. “It is somewhat surprising that we have not seen the expected increase per on the basis of the current macroeconomic conditions, and on the basis of the pandemic that has existed in the past,” noted Experian CEO Bo Henriksen. However, he expects the number to increase in 2023.

The police expand the visitation zone as the violence in continues
A visitation zone centered on Nørrebro in response to a wave of stabbings in Copenhagen has been extended until 6pm on January 19, police have confirmed. Originally introduced on December 29, there has been more or less one stabbing a day in the capital since Christmas Eve. Until the end of last week, the police could confirm that five people have been charged with possession of illegal weapons as a result of random searches. Meanwhile, in related news, shots were fired in an exchange between the police and a suspected amphetamine dealer in Glostrup on Sunday. No one was injured. After a court hearing today, a 23-year-old man has been remanded in custody until 2 February.

Bishops protest against plans to abolish public holidays
Around 11 bishops have written a letter to Church Minister Louise Schack-Elholm protesting the government’s plans to abolish Great Prayer Day, the first public holiday after Easter, which always falls on a Friday. “We hope that the constitution’s provision on the national church will continue to make the state respect that the national church’s holidays are connected with days off,” read their statement. “The bishops find holidays essential for both Christian preaching and the cohesion of our society. The bishops therefore find it regrettable that the government wants to abolish a public holiday. Moreover, the connection between the abolition of a public holiday and increased defense budgets is puzzling.”

The value of exports fell for the third consecutive month in November
The value of exports – specifically the goods and services that Danish companies sell abroad – fell for the third month in a row in November. The dip of 1.8 percent continued a downward spiral that has caused the value of exports to fall by 10 percent since the peak earlier in 2022, according to Arbejdernes Landsbank’s chief economist, Jeppe Juul Borre, as reported by DR. Exports actually account for 900,000 jobs in Denmark. “One jump can have a broad impact,” Borre wrote. “But we must also remember that 2022 as a whole has been an excellent export year despite global economic challenges.”

The number of unemployed increased towards 2023
Unemployment rose net by 1,200 people during November, according to . In total, there were 77,300 people without jobs who moved in in December. A reassessment of the early fall figures reveals that unemployment began to rise on October 1st.

Former student complaints credible, but perhaps a little late in the day
In October 2021, it was reported that 11 former pupils at Gravenshoved Boarding School at Christiansfeld in North Jutland had made allegations that they were abused as children who attended the institution, and this month an independent lawyer’s report confirmed that the allegations are credible. The former students submitted their demands in writing to Municipality, which owned the school from 1964 to 1992, the year the school closed. However, the municipality’s legal representation argues that in the absence of evidence documenting complaints made while the school was open, its client is not responsible for failing to act. A police report agrees that too much time has passed and that a number of the complaints relate to offenses which were not illegal at the time.

Hunting island for sale again, this time with a 12.5 percent discount
A 41.1 hectare island on Funen has been put up for sale for a price DKK 2.5 million cheaper than previously announced in February last year. Knold, located in the South Funen archipelago and accessible from the mainland via a narrow isthmus, can be had for DKK 17.5 million, reports Fyens Stiftstidende. Ten minutes’ drive from Faaborg, it comes with a 239 m2 house, its own beach and plenty of hunting opportunities.

Source: The Nordic Page


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