by Nick Hallett
Denmark is to make it significantly harder for migrants to obtain citizenship, the country’s government has announced.
The Local reports
that Inger Støjberg, the country’s Integration Minister, said that
Danish language requirements would be stricter and that the government
would make it more difficult for people with a criminal record to obtain
citizenship. New citizens will also have to prove they have been
financially self-reliant for at least four and a half of the last five
years, and will have to sit a more demanding citizenship exam.
“To me, Danish citizenship is something very special. It’s something
you need to earn and be willing to strive after. Therefore we will make
it significantly harder to get Danish citizenship,” Støjberg said.
The centre-right government’s plans will dismantle more liberal rules
put in place by the previous Social Democrat government, which dropped
language requirements from “Level 3” – proficient enough to study for a degree – to “Level 2″ and made the citizenship test easier.
Støjberg now plans to take the language requirement back up to Level
3, increasing the length of time applicants will need to have been
financially self-sufficient from 2.5 to 4.5 years and increase the
number of correct answers required to pass the citizenship test.
Under current rules, applicants with a criminal record have to go
through a quarantine of three to 20 years before they receive
citizenship, depending on the nature of the crime. Støjberg proposes
raising this by 50 per cent.
In a change of heart from their time in government, the Social
Democrats now say they will back the proposals, as will the anti-mass
immigration Danish People’s Party, meaning the proposals are likely to
In July, Breitbart London reported how Denmark was at “breaking point” over the number of refugees coming to the country, to the point that even considered putting adverts in foreign newspapers telling potential refugees to stay at home.
Støjberg said at the time: “The ads will contain factual information
on the halving of benefits as well as other restrictions that we will be
enacting. That kind of information spreads very quickly.”