V4 Report: Denmark: Integration Minister Inger Støjberg called on “newcomers” and immigrants to learn Danish – or fork out for interpreting services.
** In November, Støjberg was chased down by an angry mob of migrants, who were upset with her over planned deportations. Denmark, like many others, made a huge mistake by granting entry to over 21,000 migrants in 2015.
Støjberg is working hard to change things in Denmark. As a result, she is now being attacked by some in Europe for her so-called “hardline” stance regarding illegal migration and the incentives that lure the migrants to Europe. Denmark cut social benefits for migrants by 50%.
Støjberg identified a combination of laziness and direct reluctance as among the reasons for poor assimilation among the “new arrivals,” who are often unable to master the Danish language despite having lived in Denmark for several years.
However, she also placed part of the blame on the Danes themselves, who, she claimed, weren’t demanding enough when it came to the new arrivals, leading to the rise of parallel societies.
“In Denmark, so far, it has been the complete opposite. In our naivety, we have willingly provided a lifelong publicly paid interpreter. And in doing so, we keep wondering why it is that that people don’t learn the language,” Støjberg wrote.
“Unless we dare to make demands on foreigners, we will fail to address the serious problem of parallel societies on Denmark, where people neither work, nor speak the language, nor share Danish values,” Støjberg ventured. “A good place to start is to give back responsibility to foreigners who have come here: learn the language or pay for your own interpreter,” the Danish minister wrote in conclusion.
Immigrants who have lived in the country for over three years will therefore pay for a translator’s services personally when visiting a doctor, consulting the authorities, etc.
*** Støjberg realizes things will have to change in Denmark. We wish her the best. Hopefully, Germany is listening.