But the demographic statistics for the past year seem to indicate that the government’s actions have only been slowing the pace at which non-Western immigrants and their descendants contributed towards the country’s population increase.
NewsPeek reported that the number of people of non-Western background in Denmark is growing much faster than the number of Danes.
A graph from Statistics Denmark shows that the number of immigrants and descendants of non-Western backgrounds was growing 15 times faster than the number of the native population.
The balance between Danes and people of non-Western background has reached a tipping point in recent years. Since it is an exponential development, this process will continue to accelerate.
In the past year the population of Danes increased by only 577. By comparison, the number of immigrants and descendants with a non-Western background grew by 8 937 people.
Thus the number of people with a non-Western background has actually been growing much faster than that of the Danes. The award-winning blog Uriasposten noted the decline of the native inhabitants.
During the third quarter of 2018 there were 499 903 immigrants of non-Western background and their descendants in Denmark.
Meanwhile, a proposal presented in October that would make it easier for Danish companies to recruit more foreign workers looks doomed. Integration Minister Inger Støjberg and Employment Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said their scheme would “make it easier and less bureaucratic for Danish companies to attract and employ foreign labour.”
But the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF), whose support is essential to the government, has steadfastly opposed the idea of making it easier for Danish governments to bring in foreign workers.
“The government’s proposal was not thought out and it will invite salary suppression and more Muslim workers in Denmark, and we are not interested in that,” DF spokesman Martin Henriksen said.
The government’s proposal called for significantly reducing the minimum salary for nationals of 12 countries that engage with extensive trade with Denmark. Those counties are the United States, Singapore, China, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Russia and Mexico.
In addition to lowering the minimum salary requirements, the package also proposes updates to the so-called “positive list”, a list of specialties within industries in which Denmark currently lacks highly skilled labour.
In September former US president Barack Obama warned Danes against racism and nationalism. He told entrepreneurs and students in the Danish central city of Kolding that he he was seeing a “debate that is driven solely on racial or nationalistic impulses” in politics.