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Integration Policy in Denmark. Entering the Nation State: a Sociological Perspective

Glebova, Mayya LU (2011) SIMT10 20111
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Department of Sociology
Abstract
The thesis examines integration policy in Denmark in close linkage with the categories ―national identity‖, ―democracy‖ and ―welfare‖. The research interest is based on the assumption that all enumerated categories participate in framing integration policy and can be considered key factors in the analysis of the case of Denmark. ―National Identity‖ is presented in the theoretical discussion through the concepts of globalization and nation state. To supplement the research, a continuum of the concept of national identity has also been drawn. ―Democracy‖ is actualized in this paper by conducting a qualitative content-analysis of the portal for the new comers to Denmark [English version] - newtodenmark.dk. ―Welfare‖ is discussed as a focal... (More)
The thesis examines integration policy in Denmark in close linkage with the categories ―national identity‖, ―democracy‖ and ―welfare‖. The research interest is based on the assumption that all enumerated categories participate in framing integration policy and can be considered key factors in the analysis of the case of Denmark. ―National Identity‖ is presented in the theoretical discussion through the concepts of globalization and nation state. To supplement the research, a continuum of the concept of national identity has also been drawn. ―Democracy‖ is actualized in this paper by conducting a qualitative content-analysis of the portal for the new comers to Denmark [English version] - newtodenmark.dk. ―Welfare‖ is discussed as a focal point to the Danish society that has been brought up after a semi-structured interview with an expert whose field is social work. The empirical part of the thesis is presented by a series of semi-structured interviews with Russian-speaking immigrants and the expert.
Due to the recent changes in the immigration policy in Denmark, the rules to become ―a new Dane‖ are getting more sophisticated and complex. Apart from a high financial demand which an immigrant must fulfill, other requirements must be met: getting a pile of papers ready and passing language and value tests. The measures above are directed at reducing and filtering the amount of newcomers. Reflecting on that, some pessimistically-oriented experts (Stainforth (2009), Andersen(2007)) are beating the alarm claiming that Denmark is turning into a xenophobic and ―anti-modern ethos‖ (Stainforth, 2009) that hides its fears and complexes beneath the democratic mask. Others [first and foremost, several parties of the Danish Parliament] point out the historical and economic necessity of these measures with regards to the concept of a welfare society which cannot be run together with too friendly immigration policy. Regarding all these arguments and counterarguments, the case of integration policy in Denmark is undoubtedly a challenging and inspiring one to explore, especially at a time when the xenophobic-multicultural conflict is going global. (Less)
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Glebova, Mayya LU
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SIMT10 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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National Identity, Integration Policy and Immigration, Democracy and Democratic Values, Denmark, Danish Society, Welfare
language
English
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2019336
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2012-09-05 07:50:03
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  abstract     = {The thesis examines integration policy in Denmark in close linkage with the categories ―national identity‖, ―democracy‖ and ―welfare‖. The research interest is based on the assumption that all enumerated categories participate in framing integration policy and can be considered key factors in the analysis of the case of Denmark. ―National Identity‖ is presented in the theoretical discussion through the concepts of globalization and nation state. To supplement the research, a continuum of the concept of national identity has also been drawn. ―Democracy‖ is actualized in this paper by conducting a qualitative content-analysis of the portal for the new comers to Denmark [English version] - newtodenmark.dk. ―Welfare‖ is discussed as a focal point to the Danish society that has been brought up after a semi-structured interview with an expert whose field is social work. The empirical part of the thesis is presented by a series of semi-structured interviews with Russian-speaking immigrants and the expert.
Due to the recent changes in the immigration policy in Denmark, the rules to become ―a new Dane‖ are getting more sophisticated and complex. Apart from a high financial demand which an immigrant must fulfill, other requirements must be met: getting a pile of papers ready and passing language and value tests. The measures above are directed at reducing and filtering the amount of newcomers. Reflecting on that, some pessimistically-oriented experts (Stainforth (2009), Andersen(2007)) are beating the alarm claiming that Denmark is turning into a xenophobic and ―anti-modern ethos‖ (Stainforth, 2009) that hides its fears and complexes beneath the democratic mask. Others [first and foremost, several parties of the Danish Parliament] point out the historical and economic necessity of these measures with regards to the concept of a welfare society which cannot be run together with too friendly immigration policy. Regarding all these arguments and counterarguments, the case of integration policy in Denmark is undoubtedly a challenging and inspiring one to explore, especially at a time when the xenophobic-multicultural conflict is going global.},
  author       = {Glebova, Mayya},
  keyword      = {National Identity,Integration Policy and Immigration,Democracy and Democratic Values,Denmark,Danish Society,Welfare},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Integration Policy in Denmark. Entering the Nation State: a Sociological Perspective},
  year         = {2011},
}