National identity crisis: Intersection of gender equality and ethnic minority integration in Denmark

The changes in immigration and citizenship policy that quickly followed the installation of the new government in 2001 show this viewpoint has manifested itself in the numbers. For example, from 2002 to 2003, there was a 77.2% decrease in issued citizenship. The Prime Minister is quick to defend his administration's changes in immigration policy, asserting that though family reunification and asylum immigrants have been reduced to a third of what they were in 2001, persons coming to Denmark to work or study--"people who want to work and contribute"--has tripled. The Prime Minister's words are reflective of a general attitude that immigrant values fall outside that of Danish national identity. The importance of those willing to work is also evidnece of Denmark's concern for its economy and its shortage of skilled labor. According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index, Denmark has soem of the lowest scores in the EU for immigrant labour market access, access to nationality, and anti-discrimination in the period after 2001. Though the Prime Minister presents them as innocent actions of self-interest, the policies themselves reflect a deeper discomfort with losing Danish consensus. As the demographic of the nation changes, discrimination and immigration policy are used as the Danish coping mechanism...
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