I got myself into a discussion with a friend the other day about just how many immigrants we have in Denmark, how many there are from Europe, and non-western countries. We also discussed the growing immigrant population and how long will it be before we all have to grow beards and run around in turbans. Well, we didn’t get all to the way to the end of the discussion and it left me thinking, just how does it really look? Are we being totally overrun by mussies in headcloths? Or is it so gradual that we still have time to stem the tide? I signed up to Denmarks statistics and had a quick go at our present demography. There is a mound of information, but not developed after religion as far as I can see. However, non-western countries are in the index so I decided to start there.
I took the population of Denmark from 1996 to 2006. It grew from 5.25 million to 5,43 million. An increase of 3,3%.
I then took the immigrant population from non-western countries and their descendants. Over that same ten year period, that population grew from 196,2 thousand to 327,5 thousand. An increase of 40%.
I then subtracted the immigrant numbers from the national total population, which gives me the native population. Over the same ten years, that population grew from 5,04 million to 5,09 million. An increase by a mere 0,9%.
Which means that of the 3,3% increase in the total poulation over the last ten years, more than two thirds is immigrant.
The immigrant population now comprises 6,0% of Denmarks total population. They number 327,503 according to the latest figures I can get.
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All very well and perhaps a little interesting to some, if not all. It raises a few questions for me though. Knowing that not all immigrants are muslims, and knowing that 6% is a minimal part of the population, why do we have to give so much consideration to that section of the population? And while I think about that, what other country would consider changing any of it’s laws to accomodate less than a mere 6%?
The worrying thing is, that the immigrant population is growing and they are reproducing much faster than the native population. There is a long way from thousands to millions, but it will go proportionately faster as their presence in the population increases. I believe there is time to do something about this, but I must confess that I am at a bit of a loss as to what. Apart from repatriation, we have little to do but wait and see. Or perhaps now would be a good time to close our borders to the muslim immigrants and hope that we can control the present population by law and integration.
The problem is, that we let the first ones in, they began to reproduce, and now we are stuck with them. The damage has been done.
And not just in Denmark…..