Denmark is stopping the growth of immigrant ghettoes with all its might. It has banned immigrant population within any given neighbourhood to 30 per cent and ruled that existing Danish laws prevail all over the place.
A lot has changed in the Kingdom (Queendom would be better: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II is the country’s head) of Denmark since Prince Hamlet’s days.
William Shakespeare’s anti-hero used to say there was something rotten in the country, and he couldn’t decide what to do, either: to be or not to be?
Originally it looked as if the Danes would solve the troubling question of existing ghettoes by just renaming them into neighbourhoods. Except, that kind of move, linguistically brilliant as it could be, wouldn’t change a thing.
As it is, these neighbourhoods have a few characteristics in common: unemployment rate has climbed over 40 per cent, more than 60 per cent of 39- to 59-year-olds living there haven’t ever tried upper secondary education, crime rates are three times the national average, and poverty rules: gross incomes in those neighbourhoods hardly reach 45 per cent of what the rest of the region enjoys.
Since the new law banned the expression “ghetto” from official vocabulary, it seemed that the Danes would satisfy themselves with the typically politically correct approach.
But they wouldn’t. The Danish law sets out to limit the number of what it calls “non-Western” residents in these neighbourhoods to no more than 30 per cent of the population. The government will just stop building houses for them. That would cap the number of council homes in such neighbourhoods at 40 per cent.
According to most recent census results, there are about 5.8 million people living in Denmark. Some 370,000 residents are of “non-Western” origins.
While the “non-Western” description is as politically correct as an expression can get, the Danes seem to be trying to avoid using combinations such as “illegal immigrants.” If they allowed that expression to stand, they would have to send most of these people whence they had come.
Life in what used to be known as ghetto in Denmark wasn’t easy to begin with: any misdemeanour carries double the legal penalty people would face anywhere else. Day care for children over one year of age is mandatory, and those who don’t obey will have their family allowances not only cut, but withdrawn altogether.
Those who object to Denmark’s recent moves are livid about the different treatment of ghetto inhabitants in the first place. This will make the poor souls feel excluded and persecuted. And, now comes the real politically correct nuclear bomb: it’s racist.
Not so, say the Danes. Anyone who doesn’t like the special harsh treatment can get out of it with ease: just get out of there, start supporting yourself by honest work rather than by creating new no-go zones.
The British, who don’t know how to stop the growing streams of illegal immigrants trying to get through the choppy waters of the Channel, are frightfully unhappy.
Some would have loved to introduce the Danish model, but the new industry, a.k.a. immigrant support groups, would cost them billions in litigation. The expression known as “fair chance” has come from Britain, after all.
The French have seen an unusual change in newly born boys’ names: almost three quarters are Muhamads, or variations thereof. La République Française has come up with a new bill, known as “anti-separatist.” It’s all about online hate speech and foreign funding for religious groups on French soil. It’s supposed to “reinforce republican principles.”
Members of the French National Assembly lower chamber have approved it. Now it’s the senators’ turn. It seems it’s going to pass, much to the chagrin to sundry Muslim leaders. They say the bill is anti-Islam, a charge the government denies with vigour.
Still, many say it may be a good first step, but the Danes were much more practical about it.
And, of course, many others chastise these governments for trying to defend their own nations, thus, by the way, following President Donald J. Trump’s footsteps.
The Danes say the idea is to get rid of parallel societies. The fewer maladjusted (and asocial) members of one ethnic group in a neighbourhood, the more probable it is they will integrate with those from other backgrounds among whom they live. If they see that doing so would improve their lots, the probability can change into certainty.
It won’t happen overnight, but happen it will.
Political correctness be damned.
Hamlet had it all wrong.