Posted by Exile on December 2, 2006
Encouragement is often a hard thing to find, but I’ll take it wherever I can get it. I found this little but uplifting article in The Copenhagen Post this weekend and felt the need to spread the word. It appears that Denmarks hard line on immigration is working better than expected. To quote the article:
A new study by an independent analysis firm has found that predictions of soaring increases in the percentage of immigrants living in Denmark were a serious over-assessment.
In 2001, the government’s commission on social welfare reform forecast that immigrants from non-Western countries would rise to 18 percent of Denmark’s population by 2080. At that time, the group made up 5 percent of the population.
Figures from the DREAM (Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) analysis institute suggest that the number of immigrants will only rise to 8 percent by 2080.
I wonder what the blanket term “immigrants” really means? I am an immigrant. Are we talking total including europeans? If so, then I am glad about this trend. Keeping this country predominantly european and not moonbat is what it’s all about. There’s more.
Lars Haagen Pedersen, DREAM’s head researcher, told daily newspaper Information that the new estimates would lead to a change in the predicted effects immigration will have on the nation’s economy. ‘Considered alone, we can say that the prediction will improve the continuity of financial policy.’ Pedersen said that the lower immigration figure will result in billions being saved in funding for public aid and necessitate a change in the government’s employment policies toward immigrants.
(Hmmm.. Why would we want to change the policy if it’s working? Is this guy an idiot? I thought the idea was to keep them out. It appears to be working fine. It ain’t broke – don’t fix it.)
Just last year, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed all of the commission’s findings, save one: that one of the greatest challenges for the welfare state was putting immigrants and their Danish-born children to work.
Stricter immigration policies implemented by the current government have cut off the stream of immigrants and asylum seekers flowing to Denmark, according to Pedersen.
‘It is first and foremost the immigration legislation passed in May 2002 that’s to blame for the falling numbers of asylum seekers and Danish marriages to foreigners.’
I don’t like that term “to blame”. I would have preferred him to say “the immigration legislation passed in May 2002 has positively contributed to the falling numbers of asylum seekers and Danish marriages to foreigners”. But this guy might be a multi-culti lefty loony for all I know so I’ll just have to read between the lines here. I believe that immigration laws should be strict and should be enforced rigourously. It is way too easy to come to this land and scream asylum.
Another note of encouragement is to found:
Pedersen added that immigrant women are also having fewer children than in the past.
The most recent figures from Statistics Denmark indicate that immigrants and their children make up 8.7 percent of the population, while those from non-Western countries make up 6.1 percent.
Which then, according to this guy’s maths, means that the non-western population will only grow by one third of it’s present size by 2080. Seems a little optimistic to me. I am beginning to wonder, if this isn’t a lefty misinformation job.
But then again, I’m no DREAM expert, am I?