Jan M. Olsen, US News, July 28, 2016
Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries to stem the threat of violence from extremists, the nation’s second-largest party argued Thursday.
The deputy party leader of the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party, Soeren Espersen, and other officials said the existing 270,000 Muslims in Denmark, a country of less than 6 million people, already posed a severe risk of harboring sympathizers to the Islamic State militant group.
Denmark’s largest party, the opposition Social Democrats, condemned the comments and compared them to the anti-immigrant policies of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Martin Henriksen, the Danish People’s Party immigration spokesman, told The Associated Press that his party–which supports Denmark’s year-old minority government but holds no positions inside it–would not seek a law explicitly banning Muslim immigrants, but that would be a primary goal.
“Islam is a belligerent religion. One should not be blind that many who commit terror find inspiration in Islam. That is why there is a connection between the number of Muslims in a country and the general security risk,” Henriksen said.
“The consequence should be that Muslim immigration would drop, which is our goal,” Henriksen said. “If we can get it to a total halt, it would be very, very good. We would like to get it as close to zero as possible.”