Plan fails to eradicate ghettoes

Published on 12 February 2010 at 11:58
Jyllands-Posten 12 February, 2010


"The ghetto plan has failed,"announces Jyllands-Posten on its front page. In 2004, the Danish government launched a plan to put an end to urban ghettoes. The scheme which included an extensive package of ambitious measures to provide work for ghetto residents and to encourage adults and children to express themselves in "proper" Danish also made immigration laws more restrictive. In return for free public housing and a special fast-track scheme to provide them with jobs, immigrants were obliged to accept a quota system for places of residence that sought to prevent the concentration of immigrant populations. Six years later, the daily notes that the end-results have not lived up to expectations. Of the 37 neighbourhoods studied by the Office of Social Affairs, only 22 total more immigrants today than they did in 2004; with the figures remaining stable in 5 neighbourhoods, and decreasing in 10 others. A little over 100,000 people were involved scheme, which corresponds to about 2% of the overall Danish population or 25% of Denmark's immigrants.

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