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May 29, 2018
In urban areas of Denmark officially designated as "ghettos", some residents feel stigmatised and excluded...
Copenhagen, Denmark
The Wider Image: In Danish 'ghettos', immigrants feel stigmatised
In urban areas of Denmark officially designated as "ghettos", some residents feel stigmatised and excluded from mainstream society. Denmark is the only country to formally classify certain residential zones as ghettos. An area fits into the category if more than half of its inhabitants originate from non-Western countries and it also matches certain other criteria, such as unemployment exceeding 40 percent. Denmark has struggled for decades with how to integrate immigrants into its welfare state. The public debate intensified in 2015 with the arrival of large groups of refugees from conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. The anti-immigrant Danish People's Party became the second-largest party in parliament in an election that year. In March this year, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of the Liberal Party announced a plan aimed at boosting the integration of immigrants and eliminating ghettos - a word that is the same in Danish - by 2030. Measures include banning criminals from moving into the areas, giving double punishment for crimes committed in ghettos, and demolishing then rebuilding parts of the zones. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly SEARCH "DENMARK GHETTO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES Matching text: DENMARK-IMMIGRATION/
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