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New Government, No New Direction
The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, has announced her new single-party government. Throughout the election campaign, Frederiksen has guaranteed that the immigration and integration policies of the previous government will be preserved with a social democratic government. At the same time, so-called left-wing parties have appealed to Muslim citizens and parts of the population who believe in diversity, promising a new direction.
If one understands the democratic game, it was expected that the Social Democrats, as the new government party, would give a few symbolic concessions related to the refugee issue, in order to fundamentally pursue the existing policy, which is a fixed framework, irrespective of the color of the government, especially as regards the assimilation- pressure on the Muslims.
Not surprisingly, Frederiksen emphasizes that the focus on the repatriation of refugees is preserved with the political agreement concluded with the supporting parties in the "red block" as a basis for the new government. The most noteworthy in their rather unspecific and conveniently non-binding agreement-paper is what is not addressed in it.
Nothing of significance will be changed in legislation related to immigration and especially not assimilation policies. As a symbolic gesture, families with children are moved out of the Sjælsmark departure center, after criticism from the parliamentary Ombudsman's and opposition in the population against the detention of war-traumatized families with children in a military barracks area with shooting training.These families are to be moved to another detention center. So, it is a change of location rather than a policy-change.
As for receiving quota-refugees, which are distributed under the auspices of the UN, i.e. as part of Denmark's "international obligations", the former Prime Minister also opened for this in the election campaign. And the new “agreement-paper” states that the Minister of the area can at any time refuse to receive quota refugees, exactly as the former government did.
In relation to the right of refugees to obtain residence, if they have the same permanent work for two years, that is if the employer wishes to keep them, it is a very basic right, that refugees in Denmark were deprived of, which "is given back” for the sake of Danish businesses’ need for labor rather than “human rights concerns”.
Nowhere is anything mentioned about altering the immigration policy. Rules for permanent residence and citizenship are not changed. Families will continuously be broken up brutally, and Syrian refugees from the Damascus area will still be sent back into the arms of the murderous Assad-regime.
As regards the Muslims in Denmark, nothing is changing, and we will see a continuation of the anti-Islamic policies and discriminatory laws: the niqab ban, the imam law, the ghetto plan and the pressure on Muslim schools.
The voting-hysteria, which was whipped up in some Muslim circles, has not contributed to any new direction. On the contrary, we will see a continuation of the fight against Islamic values and the problematization of Islam with a slightly more “inclusive" but more deceptive rhetoric from the “red block”.During the elections, clear Islamic evidence was ignored in favor of weak, manipulated arguments for participation in the democratic system, and to no avail, whether in Dunya or Akhirah.
It is high time to rise above the superficiality, break the mental chains, and clearly renounce the un-Islamic democratic system, and engage in society exclusively on the basis of Islam.
(قُلْ هَـذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَاْ وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي وَسُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَمَا أَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِي (
“Say: ‘This is my way! I call to Allah; I and those who follow me. Praise be to Allah, I am not one of the mushrikin’.” [Yusuf: 108]
Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by