EinwohnerInnen: 5,59 Millionen, 6,4 % AusländerInnen.

Nationale Minderheiten: Grönländische Inuits, Deutsche und Färöer.

Geografie: 43.098 Quadratkilometer ohne die autonomen Regionen Grönland und Färöer.

EU-Mitgliedschaft: Seit 1973 (Grönland und die Färöer sind nicht Mitglied). Dänemark wendet das Schengener Abkommen im vollen Umfang an, doch gilt dieses dort nicht als EU-Gemeinschaftsrecht.

Politik: Konstitutionelle Monarchie. Premierministerin Helle Thorning-Schmidt von der Sozialdemokratischen Partei (Socialdemokratiet, SD) führt eine Minderheitenkoalition mit der sozialliberalen Radikale Venstre (RV) und der links-sozialdemokratischen Sozialistischen Volkspartei (Socialistisk Folkeparti, SF). Bei den Wahlen im September 2011 erhielt SD 44 von 179 Sitzen. RV kam auf 17 und SF auf 16. Die größte Oppositionspartei ist mit 47 Sitzen die rechtsliberale Venstre (V). In einigen Fragen erhält die Regierung Unterstützung von der sozialistischen Einheitsliste (Enhedslisten – De Rød Grønne, Ø).

Religionen: 81 % lutherisch, 4 % muslimisch, katholische und protestantische Minderheiten.



Neu: Informationen zur Situation in Dänemark

Deportation of converts

It’s the story about two boys who are threatened to be deported to Afghanistan, where only Zekrya – the older brother – has actually lived until he was two. The younger boy Mustafa was born in Iran, where the family had fled to. The two boys came to Denmark as unaccompanied minors, after a trip that started off in Iran, led them through Turkey and Italy. In this ordeal, they saw someone drown at sea and had to run from the police in Italy. Both are converted Christians. A fact that is not considered by the Danish authorities but could get them killed in Afghanistan because being an apostate is seen by fundamentalist groups as mortal sin. In December 2014, Zekrya and Mustafa were supposed to be sent back however, the deportation was stopped in the last minute because the pilot decided he would not start the plane with the youngest boy crying and howling because they were forced to fly to Afghanistan. Now, the authorities have to rethink their decision, especially, because the case has received a lot of attention by the public due to engagement of the church and the media. Due to good lawyer-work both of the boys are now released from prison, and have their cases reviewed with another law about exceptional circumstances. This paragraph 9 in the Danish immigration law is very difficult to determine how it is to be understood, and has therefore been discussed extensively recently.

Several Afghans are being deported from Denmark these days.







Harassment of converts

In asylum-centres there have been attacks on Christian converts by Muslim refugees. There is a public discussion going on how to improve the situation in the centres. The minister of justice is involved in this discussion, and parallels to Germany have been made in the parliament.





Faros – supporting refugee minors

Faros is a Christian humanitarian organization in Greece founded by a Danish couple for unaccompanied minor refugees.



Situation of Eritrean refugees

A vast number of Eritreans came to Denmark in summer 2014, which led to a stop in the casework. The immigration authority sent a task force to Eritrea, that came back to report that Denmark could send refugees back to Eritrea. This resulted in a decreasing number of Eritreans – 89 % less – coming to Denmark, but which lead them – on the other hand – to seek asylum in other European countries.

The authorities have later declined the validity of the task force’s report and members of the task force have resigned.










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