Denmark Immigrants exiled to Lindholm

On December 3rd 2018 Martin Selsoe Sorenson published an article to the New York Times, Article: Denmark Plans to Isolate Unwanted Migrants on a Small Island to report the egregious treatment of foreigners in Denmark convicted of crimes and rejected asylum seekers who can’t return home. Denmark plans to place roughly 100 people on Lindholm Island. Lindholm Island is a tiny island that holds the labs, stables and crematory for researching contagious animal diseases. Lindholm Island is 17 acres, 2 miles from shore Exiled persons are required by law to Lindholm daily or face incarceration.

Asylum seekers with criminal records are not allowed to work in Denmark. Rejected asylum seekers who cannot be deported are given accommodations where they cannot prepare their own meals, food and an allowance of about $1.20 per day, which is withheld if they fail to cooperate with the authorities.

Denmark, a homogeneous society has previously demonstrated discrimination towards its non-white population when it banned the burqa. NYT reports that Denmark’s Parliament plans to pass legislation that forces those seeking naturalization to shake hands with officials during citizenship ceremonies. Denmark’s purports that “handshakes are a basic Danish value.”

The physical ostracizing of system impacted persons and refugees is inhumane How does their treatment resemble our treatment of immigrants at the Mexican border?

White homogeneous societies catapulted by caste based capitalism are reverting to caste in the absence of economic growth. Is this a trend of treatment among predominantly white countries? Is there overlap in advocacy defense strategies? How do we address tangible injustice without immediately reverting to the intangible white supremacy claim. For instance in this case, defense advocates can employ environmental assessment to deem air and water quality on Lindholm island contaminated by the contagious animals.

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Mass emigration is the byproduct of global economic disparity following colonialism. To truly resolve sporadic immigration a grand approach must be pursued to legitimately assist both governments and poor persons with economic policy and individual entrepreneurship that transcends regional borders.

Author: Sharlene Green

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