Denmark offers $20,000 to all maladjusted immigrants to leave

October 14, 2009                                                                                            Win a green card Subscribe in a reader
Money to leave Denmark

Would you leave Denmark for good for US$20,000

Denmark is offering immigrants from “non-Western” countries that have become a public burden and not adjusted to the danish society, 100,000 Danish kroners (US$20,000) if they volunteer to give up their legal residency and move “home”. This is a creative initiatives spearheaded by the Danish People’s Party to make foreigners - and especially Muslims - go back home where they came from. Denmark is a small European country of 5.5 million inhabitants.

According to the Danish People’s Party, a coalition partner of the two ruling parties of the Danish government, paying immigrants to leave Denmark will save the state a lot of money on social services and “problems” in the long run, since this group of immigrants usually do not work but is cared for by the public system. “It costs quite a lot to have maladjusted immigrants in the Danish society,” said financial spokesperson of the party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. Funds have also been set aside for campaigns by local authorities who wish to encourage maladjusted immigrants to leave the country for good. The government have not yet calculated how many people can be expected to accept the offer.

Most stringent immigration laws in all of Europe

Around 10% of the population in Denmark are immigrants or descendants of immigrants including from neighboring countries, as well as the rest of the world. The primary issue in politics and the media for the past many years has been the lack of “integration” of Muslim and other non-western immigrants and the tension arising from a perceived clash of cultures. Danish politicians have created some of the most stringent immigration laws in all of Europe, and continue to score high for it in polls.

Hot debate

The debate on this government initiative is heated in Denmark. Some offer witty comments about who else should be kicked out of the country or what else should happen to them, while others counter that the offer from the Danish government is a generous offer and should be welcomed by immigrants who are unhappy in Denmark and would prefer to leave.

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Denmark is one of the European Union’s most active members in trying to recruit skilled workers from around the world. Denmark’s immigration policy, similar to the United Kingdom's skilled immigration program, utilizes a points based system called the Danish Green Card to attract skilled workers from outside the EU. In addition, Denmark has a work permit system called the Positive List scheme for people who have a valid job offer from a Danish employer.

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