Born and raised, but can’t be a Dane
In a new report, the Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR) maintains that it is too hard for young people born or raised in Denmark to get citizenship.
In fact, the institute concludes that the strenuous odyssey to Danish citizenship is in breach of international human rights conventions that Denmark has agreed to.
“The more stringent way goes against Denmark’s international responsibilities, because the European convention regarding citizenship dictates that it should be easier to obtain citizenship if you are born and/or raised in the country.”
In response, DIHR recommends that the citizenship law is amended to allow non-Nordic youngsters to have the same opportunities as Nordic kids.
Tougher than most
Over the past two decades, a group of international researchers have monitored eight groups of immigrants in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Eventually, 80 percent of the immigrants in Sweden and about 66 percent in the Netherlands become citizens of their new countries.
For Denmark, the ratio was at about 33 percent.