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There is racism in Denmark: lawmaker

It is harder for people with Arabic-sounding names to get a job and dark-skinned people are profiled, says Pernille Skipper

Davut Colak   | 23.06.2020
There is racism in Denmark: lawmaker Copenhagen, Denmark. ( Rasmus Degnbol - Anadolu Agency )

COPENHAGEN 

Racism exists in Denmark, where foreigners are exposed to inequality, a lawmaker said Monday. 

Pernille Skipper, who is also the spokesperson for the left-wing Red-Green Alliance, spoke in parliament about racism and Islamophobia in the country.

"There is something to be said at this lectern. Yes, there is racism in Denmark," she said, adding non-white people are "more unlucky" and are more exposed to inequality than white people.

Skipper said it is harder for people with Arabic-sounding names to get a job and dark-skinned people are stopped and searched by the police.

Stating that parliament had exacerbated things instead of solving the racism problem, she said politicians elected by the nation approve of racism in daily life as long as they say that "Muslims are like this."

Racism finds support especially as long as laws and political sanctions are targeted at immigrants, she stressed.

But far-right politician Pia Kjaersgaard disagreed.

"When someone named Ayse completes a job application, the employer may be asking, 'What happens if they become a radical when they work?' Is this racism? I think not," she said.

Slamming Kjaersgaard's remarks, Skipper said defining someone as radical due to their name is legalizing racism.

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