Danish Nationalists Seek ‘Close to Zero’ Muslim Migrants

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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