Denmark gets a new anti-immigration party

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A file photo dated 13 January 2016 showing a view of the refugee tent camp in Thisted, northern Jutland, Denmark.

Denmark gets a new anti-immigration party


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Denmark’s newest political party is proposing tougher immigration laws and libertarian economic rules.

The party Nye Borgerlige, which roughly translates to ‘The New Right’ (a spokesperson told The Local that it did not have an official English name), has surpassed the 20,000 signatures needed to qualify for the next election.

According to The Local, the party’s core issues are stricter immigration rules, lower taxes and a withdrawal from the European Union and international conventions.

More specifically, it is calling for an end to asylum and immigration only for those who have a job. The new party also wants to limit Danish citizenship to “people who contribute positively and have shown the will and ability to assimilate.”

“Values like our freedom of expression, freedom of religion and our right to assemble are under pressure,” Nye Borgerlige writes in its party platform. “Therefore there is an increasing need to protect the culture and values that give Danes the freedom to choose how we want to live our lives.”

As regards the European Union, Nye Borgelige describes it as a “monstrosity of rules and laws” that is “a direct threat to Denmark’s prosperity, progress and democracy.”

“We are ready to withdraw Denmark out of the EU and seek a looser connection in line with Switzerland if a satisfactory agreement for Denmark cannot be achieved,” the party writes.

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