Why Denmark is clamping down on ‘non-Western’ residents


The Danish government plans to swap a controversial law targeting immigrant neighborhoods for another that cracks down harder. Rights groups warn that such moves could violate current laws against discrimination. Human rights groups have sounded the alarm over the Danish government’s plans to swap its controversial laws on “ghettos” that affect marginalized neighborhoods for tighter measures targeting “non-Western” residents. The Interior Ministry last week revealed proposed reforms that would remove the word “ghetto” in current legislation and reduce the share of people of “non-Western” origin in social housing to 30% within 10 years. Families removed from these areas would be relocated to other parts of the country. There is no date set yet for voting on the bill — but it is expected to pass. If approved in its current form, the measures will meet immediate resistance from human rights advocates.

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