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No More Danish Muslims: Far-right Party
A far-right Danish party has announced plans to vote against a law that grants hundreds of Muslims the Danish citizenship, declaring that no more Muslims were welcomed in the Nordic country.
“We think that too many people from Islamic countries and the Muslim world immigrate to Denmark and are given citizenship,” Christian Langballe, a member of the right-wing Danish People's Party (DPP), was quoted by The Copenhagen Port on Tuesday, December 17.
“So it's up to other people to argue their case.”
According to bi-annual citizenship law, about 1,600 individual were expected to be granted the Danish citizenship this week.
This number includes 422 Iraqis and Afghanis, who were vehemently rejected by DPP members.
Although all the 422 Muslims candidates have accomplished their citizenship's procedures, DPP members insist to fight against the immigrants' right to gain the citizenship.
The new law, if abolished, will allow the DPP party a chance to end all immigration from Islamic and non-western countries.
According to the Danish law, the parliament has the right to grant the citizenship twice a year.
The DPP's anti-Muslims policy is not the first.
Earlier in 2013, the DPP was sued after producing an anti-immigration advertisement which has branded 700 new citizens as suspected terrorists.
In 2007, the DPP, the third-largest political force in Denmark, has put forward a string of draft laws calling for a ban on hijab in public places and denying Muslims special worship areas in the workplace.
The party has also called for a ban on halal meat in daycare centers and on separate locker rooms for Muslim schoolgirls.
DPP's decision has been slammed by right-wing parties including, Liberal Alliance and lead opposition party Venstre, who deemed it as a prejudice act against Muslims.
"I don't think that we can differentiate between people simply because they come from a country where the majority of citizens are Muslims," Jan Jørgensen, Venstre spokesperson, said.
Far-left parties have also shared similar opinion after Johanne Schmidt Nielsen, of the far-left party Enhedslisten, described the move as "pure discrimination".
Across the Nordic region, anti-immigration parties, which languished after Norwegian far-rightist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011, are gaining support.
Islam is Denmark's second largest religion after the Lutheran Protestant Church, which is actively followed by four-fifths of the country's population.
Denmark is home to a Muslim minority of 200,000, making three percent of the country's 5.4 million population.