One does not usually expect that the ruling servants of Denmark, the ministers, to be the sharpest tools in the toolbox. The same goes for the social and integration minister Karen Hækkerup. One could state that she is symptomatic of the politician caste, where she is free to, without any objections, rule on the fate of the citizens. This act of ruling is, of course, sanctioned through a democratic process and election, but be mindful of the broken promises regarding immigration policies, which are systematically denied by the same politicians who made these promises in the first place.
One of these very politicians, Karen Hækkerup, the social and integration minister of Denmark, is the one who has made the latest contribution to the pile of betrayals of the Danish people. Without informing or even mentioning the matter to anyone, her department has unconscionably decided to no longer monitor the cost of immigration, the immigration of people from locations outside the Western Hemisphere. It was the paper Den Korte Avis that first scooped this story, a story that later found its way to newspapers such as Information and Jyllands-Posten.
Karen Hækkerup gives the newspaper Information the following statement when asked about why she doesn’t want cost monitoring anymore: ”I simply cannot agree with the relevancy nor the importance of mathematically calculating the matter in that particular way”. Note the minister’s poorly formulated Danish. The minister continues on with the following quote: ”I think it is important to admit that there is a cost when people come here. People, who have not had the same chances to master the language, compete on the labor market – and are overrepresented in the crime statistics. But I would rather focus all my energy on solving the problems and facing the challenges, the way we do when we reform the policies on early retirement, social welfare payments and the taxation system. Isn’t it more important to find out if one is successful in accomplishing the task at hand instead of worrying about costs? I would like to think so.”
(Information, 17th of January 2013)
The statement is utterly futile, lacking in logic of any kind, and one cannot help but feel a small sense of pity towards the minister, who, of course, has the worst case possible to defend.
How will the minister “find out if one is successful in accomplishing the task at hand instead of worrying about costs”, when she obviously doesn’t want to monitor the costs, a parameter self-evidently central in determining the success rate? Will the minister measure success by the amount of future integration projects the sitting government initiates during its mandate?
Or will they determine success by how many appearances so called non-Western “role models” will make on prime time television?
Gunnar Viby Mogensen Ph.D., the former head researcher at the Institute of Social Research and head of the Rockwool Fund’s research unit, refers to the decision as simply ”regrettable”. Gunnar Viby Mogensen adds: ”Even if they recognize that the problem existed, it would still be of very great interest that it continued to be a problem.” Gunnar Viby Mogensen ends his interview, by laconically pointing out that there are no longer any meaningful reasons for making any calculations whatsoever regarding the costs of ”the care of children, retirees or people with multiple disabilities”, when the monitoring of the cost of immigration is to be abandoned.
The question, although, still remains unanswered: What is the cost of the immigration in Denmark? Suffice it to say that nobody really knows an answer to that particular question. 16 billion Dkk per year has been mentioned, but then we are hardly talking about the total price tag, a fact difficult to prove.
On the other hand, something that is easily proven beyond any doubt is the fact that children of non-Westerners – born and raised in Denmark – have a very hard time managing their education. Both men and women tend to have similar difficulties in this category of people but the men are even more outstanding than the women in the statistics. Among 30-year–olds, only 40 percent of the sons of non-Western immigrants have finished their education, e.g. by receiving a high school diploma. When it comes to the daughters of non-Westerners the number totals around 61 percent.
The statistics above concern non-Western children born in Denmark. Compared to Danish children of parents born in Denmark, the statistics differs greatly. Among 30-year-olds in the latter category of people, 72 percent of the men and 81 percent of the women have achieved the same level of education and received the same type of high school diploma (Denmark’s Statistics). You don’t need a high school diploma to understand the effects and consequences of this kind of gap in competence. The prosperity and well-being of the kingdom of Denmark will quickly erode as long as non-Western immigration is allowed to continue.
These kinds of statistics are apparently not to be reckoned with or to accounted for anymore. Karin Hækkerup has made that perfectly clear. One can only wonder: why?