Denmark: On expectations for assimilation

Denmark: On expectations for assimilation

Khaled D Ramadan is a documentary filmmaker and cultural journalist.

Al Jazeera's Awad Joumaa met up with Ramadan and heard his views on Denmark's gang war debate.

We seeing, I'll say, a conflict based on territorial tensions between criminal gangsters who are trying to control part of the city of Copenhagen.

The issue that involves criminal immigrants in this type of organized crime is much, much deeply rotted in the social character, in the history of Denmark. We have two types of immigrants. You have the workers, who were promised to come to rebuild Denmark, and you have the refugees because they were persecuted in their native countries.

But for the Danes they require from both groups to be well-behaved, integrated, rather assimilated into the Danish society. So the requirement from the Danish society on the shoulders of the immigrants is much larger than its capacity.

The Danish government has radical views, as conservative views on how to integrate, to assimilate its immigrants, its minorities. The harder the government is pushing the immigrants, the resistance will be even harder, because nobody wants to give up an identity, his identity. And when you feel that you're born in a country, but your prime minister does not respect your roots and your history, you feel alienated.

Denmark is a different state, if we look on Denmark before the cartoon crisis, and to Denmark in the post cartoon crisis. Denmark has changed a lot. On its own choice. Decided to sides, to the notion of either 'with us or against us'. With this type of politics it's actually very counterproductive, because when you try to promise people freedom and humane treatment and basically you do the exact opposite in the name of law, the law itself becomes an outlaw.

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