Strict Immigration Laws ‘Save Denmark Billions’

Anna Reimann, Spiegel (Germany), April 29, 2011

Denmark’s strict immigration laws have saved the country 6.7 billion euros, a government report has claimed. Even though Denmark already has some of the toughest immigration laws in Europe, right-wing populist politicians are now trying to make them even more restrictive.

Denmark’s strict immigration laws have saved the country billions in benefits, a government report has claimed. The Integration Ministry report has now led to calls among right-wing populists to clamp down further on immigrants to increase the savings.

The extremely strict laws have dramatically reduced the flow of people into Denmark in recent years, and many government figures are delighted with the outcome. “Now that we can see that it does matter who comes into the country, I have no scruples in further restricting those who one can suspect will be a burden on Denmark,” the center-right liberal integration minister, Søren Pind, told the Jyllands Posten newspaper.

Pind was talking after the ministry’s report–initiated by the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party (DPP)–came to the conclusion that by tightening immigration laws, Denmark has saved €6.7 billion ($10 billion) over the last 10 years, money which otherwise would supposedly have been spent on social benefits or housing. According to the figures, migrants from non-Western countries who did manage to come to Denmark have cost the state €2.3 billion, while those from the West have actually contributed €295 million to government coffers.

‘Restrictions Pay Off’

The report has led to jubilation among right-wing politicians: “We now have it in black and white that restrictions (on immigrants) pay off,” said DPP finance spokesman Kristian Thulesen Dahl. The DPP will almost certainly exploit the figures in future negotiations over the Danish economy.

But the report has sparked outrage from opposition parties like the centrist Social Liberal Party, which dismissed it as undignified and discriminatory. The party’s integration spokeswoman, Marianne Jelved, said: “A certain group of people is being denounced and being blamed for our deficit, being made into whipping boys.” She added: “We cannot classify people depending on their value to the economy. That is degrading in a democracy that has a basic value of equality.”

Still, the announcement has not come as surprise. The right-wing populist DPP, which has been working with the ruling center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen since 2001, has in the past made its aims very clear: a complete halt to immigration into Denmark from non-Western countries. “A Somali who is no good for anything, that is simply not acceptable,” said DPP leader Pia Kjærsgaard. Similarly, center-right liberal Prime Minister Rasmussen has also said anyone who would be a burden on Denmark is not welcome in the country.

Right-wing populists have even demanded a ban on satellite dishes so that TV stations like al-Jazeera and Al Arabiya cannot be beamed into Danish living rooms. There have also been suggestions to exempt migrants from the minimum wage–supposedly to make it easier for foreigners to gain access to the labor market.

The small Scandinavian country already has the strictest immigration and asylum laws in Europe. For example, foreign couples are only allowed to marry if both partners are at least 24 years old. The number of asylum seekers and relatives of immigrants seeking entry into Denmark dropped by more than two-thirds within nine years as a result of the tough laws.

A Decisive Issue in Denmark

But things may soon get pushed even further. Elections are due to be held this fall, and the ruling parties apparently want to put forward even stricter rules, driven by the xenophobic rhetoric of the right-wing populists. In polls, the approval ratings of more liberal politicians have fallen, and the opposition center-left Social Democrats have promised not to change current immigration laws if they win the election. Immigration will always be a big issue in Denmark–almost 10 percent of Denmark’s 5.5 million people are migrants–and the issue was a decisive one in the last election, in 2007.

In November, the government agreed to stricter laws and made the entry of immigrants’ spouses more difficult. Only those who collect enough “points” may come to Denmark in the future–with points being determined by factors such as academic qualifications and proof of language proficiency. In addition, the equivalent of €13,000 must be deposited with the state in the form of a bank guarantee to cover any future public assistance. Socially deprived areas with a disproportionately high number of immigrants will be subject in future to a so-called “ghetto strategy” designed to prevent high concentrations of foreigners in public housing areas. Migrants will be assigned housing, and three-year-old children who do not speak Danish well enough will be required to attend state child care.

Some immigrants have already turned their back on Denmark voluntarily. Increasing numbers of Somalis are moving away, especially to the UK, the Jyllands Posten reported on Thursday, because of discrimination.

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  • Question Diversity

    Here’s another positive side effect of relatively (though not perfectly) strict Danish immigration laws that hardly anyone seems to be noticing, one that doesn’t involve the minutiae of euros and cents, but is way more valuable — They keep Denmark Danish.

  • sbuffalonative

    It is refreshing to hear a success story in the otherwise moribund European continent. When will whites stand up and say enough. This white guilt cannard is really growing old. I always tell my friends to consider what it will be like when when non-whites become the majority and wield political power… they will not be governed by white guilt and benevolent social policy. Oh, it will be terribly unpleasant!

    It is always amazing to see the faces of folks who have never considered that impending reality.

  • Ben

    Demark makes a strong case against a, out of control, influx of people.

    However some problems may arise in the far future. Two main arguments, that come to mind right now, for the case immigration in the future.

    1) Jobs may be disproportionate represented, where immigration may diminish that (when places like Denmark value Liberty and not extreme government intervention by forcing people to take jobs based of the collective need of the state).

    2) With trends of low birth, combined with strict immigration policies, will the country be able to sustain itself and larger generational groups when they become elderly, etc?

    It will be interesting to see how Right wing groups will be able to circumvent such problems.

    Also it will be interesting see after the threshold is surpassed by right groups, will the media, other institutions start to follow trends similar to the core shift in society (for example instead of “xenophobic” the use of word “illegal immigrants” or “3rd world peoples”).

  • Robert

    “Some immigrants have already turned their back on Denmark voluntarily. Increasing numbers of Somalis are moving away, especially to the UK, the Jyllands Posten reported on Thursday, because of discrimination.”

    Congratulations to Denmark! (I stand applauding). Let`s hope it catches on.

  • sam d

    “Denmark saves $10 billion that would have gone to housing and welfare for foreigners.”

    How many billions ahead would they be right now if they had not imported crime and poverty?

    That country will rue the day it ever allowed the PC crowd to influence immigration policies.

  • Detroiter

    Sounds like a good plan for the rest of us.

    I was reading through past AmRen stories and the story about whites adopting Haitian kids caught my eye. Reminded me very much of a concept called “Brood parasite” in the animal kingdom

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_parasite

    Take a look at the picture of the birds. The bird lays its egges in another’s nest and lets THEM raise their young. That is what we are doing. God help us all.

  • Ben

    “Increasing numbers of Somalis are moving away, especially to the UK, the Jyllands Posten reported on Thursday, because of discrimination.”

    I wonder why Somalis aren’t moving back to their country or making it better?!

    I wonder why people, other than Somalis, are moving to Somalia?!

    Oh thats right!

    Double standard, much?

  • BO_Bill

    Marianne Jelved teaches us:

    “We cannot classify people depending on their value to the economy.”

    Marianne is incorrect. Observe me place people into classes:

    1. Those who contribute to the economy.

    2. Those who take from the economy.

  • Anonymous

    From Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark

    Denmark, with a mixed market capitalist economy and a large welfare state,[6] ranks as having the world’s highest level of income equality.[7] Denmark has frequently ranked as the happiest[8][9] and least corrupt country in the world.[10] The national language, Danish, is closely related to Swedish and Norwegian, with which it shares strong cultural and historical ties.

    What’s the difference between rape gangs, slums, insane crime rates, and a totalitarian state designed to shut you up about it all……and a good and happy life free of all those things.

    Just one thing….immigration. One of these days, this truth will become widespread, and because people desire the life that those in Denmark have, they will take it by any means necessary.

  • Anonymous

    Saving money, not overspending, and not going into debt should be a virtue.

    If Western democracies refused to allow mass immigration, there would be far less pressure to increase the domestic money supply. Fewer loans would be needed, speculative investing would be reigned in, and money already in circulation would suffice as long as it wasn’t hoarded.

    Denmark will be condemned for doing the virtuous, and not joining with abandon the orgy of mass immigration and debt-issueing which grips other Western governments.

  • Istvan

    Why does Denmark need any immigrants? That should be the real question. And what is this self-flagalation over refugees? Why are we (whitey) responsible for the world’s refuse? Close the release valve and maybe the bad governments would be forced to change their ways.

  • Istvan

    The real question should be why does tiny Denmark need any migrants. Including so called refugees. Stop taking in refugees, which acts as a release valve for the bad countries, and maybe the bad governments would have to clean up their acts

  • Anonymous

    But the report has sparked outrage from opposition parties like the centrist Social Liberal Party, which dismissed it as undignified and discriminatory. The party’s integration spokeswoman, Marianne Jelved, said: “A certain group of people is being denounced and being blamed for our deficit, being made into whipping boys.” She added: “We cannot classify people depending on their value to the economy. That is degrading in a democracy that has a basic value of equality.”

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    Undignified? That’s a first. Now it is “undignified” for White nations NOT to commit suicide and to give their own lands away to the lowest denominator?

    Put the blame where it belongs, Marianne Jelved! ON THE IMMIGRANTS, just like those in America for the past 50 years!

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    She added: “We cannot classify people depending on their value to the economy.”

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    Oh really? Oh YES WE CAN! They have NO value to the economy or to our culture! They always TAKE and DEMAND more than they will ever give.

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    “That is degrading in a democracy that has a basic value of equality.” she goes on to say.

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    Oh really? It is DEGRADING to Whites and their own nations to accomodate and PAY for these people and that word “equality” was never meant for the foreigners invading us from other lands.

  • Louise B.

    This is an interesting concept: a government that actually understands that its first obligation is to its own people.

  • Meg

    Wish the US would do the same.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad the rest of Europe lacks this level of common sense where undesireable foreigners are concerned.

  • Kenelm Digby

    But of course, you will still read report after report, week after week stating the falsehood that ‘immigration is needed for economic reasons and to replenish the tax base’ in the mainstream media.This meme although it has been proved to to be incontrovertibly false is very, very persistent – basically it is the only card the immigrationists have to play, all their other cards (‘vibrancy’, ‘diversity’ ‘ethnic restaurants’ are obviously trivial nonsense).

    Whenever you read of the supposed ‘economic benefits’ of mass third world immigration, counter it by citing this factoid.

  • rdc75

    Small counties are much more healthier than huge empires.

    What are the only White countries that have succeeded in enacting effective immigration laws?

    Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary.

    What are the White countries where there exist parties that have a realistic chance to gain power and enact effective immigration laws in the future?

    Belgium(Flanders), Austria (anti-immigration party already number 1 in the polls)

    What is the only White country with an above-replacement fertility rate?

    Iceland

    OK, now let’s look at the worst countries:

    What are the countries with the most suicidal citizenship principles? (People born there become citizens automatically)

    France and USA

    What are the countries that have perverted their blood-based citizenship so much that they are still facing huge immigration from mostly hostile muslim countries?

    Russia, England, Germany, Italy, Spain

    What does the first group have in common?

    We have here countries that won WW2, others lost or were neutral so that cannot be the reason.

    We have countries that were part of the West, others part of the east during the cold war.

    The one thing they have in common is that they are SMALL countries where an individual can still identify with the leadership and vice versa.

    What does the second group have in common?

    They are all LARGE ex-empires that seem to be more interested in “restoring former glory” than in actually raising families. Immigration gives them the short-term push they want to impress the other ex-empires, ignoring the long-term consequences which cause their terminal decline.

    And of course in the whole history of mankind there was never an empire that truly made a *lasting* comeback. All empires wither away and die in the end to be replaced by smaller and healthier peoples.

  • mark

    Thumbs up to Denmark!!!

  • Seek

    Two recent surveys have shown that the Danes are the happiest people in the world. Between the Raveonettes (best rock n’ roll band in the world) and sensible immigration laws, I can see why.

  • Question Diversity

    3 Ben:

    Red herring. However many problems become of relatively few white Danish people having to take care of a big population of elderly and retired white Danish people, they are very minor in comparison to Denmark becoming non-Danish. I contend that where there is a will, there is a way, and that necessity is the mother of invention. I think these vicissitudes could easily be solved with technology and robotics.

  • Ben

    @ 21 Question Diversity

    Thanks for taking your time to write.

    While you may think it is “not as important” I can foresee a possible case for immigration for the future after immigration is clamped down on. “We need to let people in with certain jobs and skills” or “We need more people to take care of a larger group that can’t sustain themselves or the state (this is not taken in the multicultural case).” Unfortunately, policies development from environmental circumstances that change over time. Static policies weaken a state (as you can see well here).

    I would argue all issue become important and need to be contended with. Problems can exasperate into bigger issues and become a crises in their own right. Exploring potential problems in one own line of thinking/policies and presenting possible solutions yields better futures than ignoring them.

    I’m interested in your idea of how robotics and technology can circumvent the problem or any other idea you come up with.

  • I’m moving to Denmark

    This is great news! even if it is smeared as ‘xenophobic’ by the liberals. Liberal words about equality are hollow, a somali does not contribute equally to Denmark as I or another Westerner would.

    Now that they have proof I pray the rest of the European countries will follow suit and remove all their welfare dependant Africans and Pakistanis.

    Liberals are the true Fascist tyrants.