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“In Denmark, there is chauvinism about luxury”

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Denmark, a small, wealthy country with a population of 5.8 million, famous for its records in the World Happiness Report, the global happiness ranking, due to its healthy budget, full employment and welfare status, implements one of the toughest immigration policies in Europe. In twenty years, the laws regarding foreigners have been amended more than one hundred and thirty times. Governments follow one another, but be it left or right, the country is shutting down a little more each time.

Since 2019, the Social Democrats have led the ruling coalition, going far beyond the conservatives and liberals. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she wants ‘There are no asylum applications’ It offered kilometers of barbed wire to Lithuania to protect its Belarusian border. meeting with geographical Nicholas Escach, director of the Transition Campus Sciences Po Rennes in Caen and author of the article “Les Danois” (Ateliers Henry Dougier, 2017).

In your opinion, what are the deep roots that explain this closure of Denmark on immigration?

Nicholas Sketch There is what one might call luxury chauvinism in Denmark. Attachment to the welfare state, a system based on solidarity [dont l’apogée se situe entre 1945 et les années 1970 et qui fournit des prestations sociales et des services publics très développés, NDLR], he is very strong. It is almost a national pride. The principle that everyone and those few accept

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