Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Denmark: Immigrants concentrated in schools

Immigrants concentrated in schools

Danish local county councils are facing an increase in the amount of schools were ethnic Danes are in the minority. A new survey by DR shows that the majority of citizens in Copenhagen would like to see the local authorities intervene and forcibly move pupils with other ethnic backgrounds than Danish, from schools were Danes are in the minority. However, Copenhagen's mayor of schools does not agree, and he says that parents who live in a heavily immigrant concentrated community should be encouraged, not forced, to send their children to a school were the majority of students are Danish. In the Alberslund's school district the council has already begun setting a maximum of 30 percent non ethnic Danes per class.

I'm sorry, Mr. Rasmussen, but you still don't understand Islam if you think giving more influence to imams is going to be beneficial:

Imams to take responsibility for Muslim youth

The country's imams need to play a larger role in order to prevent a radicalisation of Muslim youth, said Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen after his national dialogue meeting with representatives from the Muslim community on Tuesday. 'We have had a good and very positive meeting and I am happy to be able to say that everyone at the table distanced themselves strongly and clearly from any form of terror,' said Rasmussen after the meeting. 'It is positive that the imams that participated in the meeting clearly expressed that they felt a responsibility to ensure that young people with Muslim backgrounds are not drawn into extreme and fanatic groups.' Hamid el Mousti, a Social Democratic city counsellor from Copenhagen, criticised the imams, however, for suggesting that the PM limit the press's freedom to criticise Muslims. Rasmussen said though that the meeting was a dialogue, and that he did not intend to criticise anyone's suggestions. Another Copenhagen city counsellor, Ben Haddou, felt that the imams had made a positive contribution to the dialogue. 'We have opened up to each other. We have spoken more directly to imams than I have ever seen before. I truly believe that imams should spend more time on youths than to talk about what is going on in the world. This is all about young people here in our society,' Haddou said.


At September 21, 2005 11:58 PM, Blogger tcobb said...

If one accepts the notion that anyone's right to free speech should be curtailed at all, I think it would be far better to place restraints on Islamic holy men who are preaching jihad. But I'm just an ignorant American. What do I know?

At September 22, 2005 2:10 PM, Blogger The Orange Humanist said...

The slant of this article is interesting:

Maybe rephrasing..

While only 45% of Danes have no intention of meeting or integrating with foreigners a majority 53% of foreigners are not interested in making contact with Danes.


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