Tak for det politiske mod til ghettolisten – den virker

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Thank you for having the political courage to legislate against ghettos in Denmark – it works

Unemployment has fallen, so has crime. Of course we should continue with the ghetto plan.

The ghetto plan – or the parallel society list, as the politically correct term is – has been the subject of much debate.

Parallel community areas (ghettos), transformation areas (hard ghettos) vulnerable housing areas (areas to pay special attention to), prevention areas – there are many names for essentially the same thing. The lists are an expression of areas that have a skewed population distribution with major social problems.

What the legislation aims for is for people to spread out to the entire urban area and have neighbors who are part of the kind of society that is characteristic of most of Denmark.

The ghettos that are no longer on the list have approached the task of changing their status ambitiously – by demolition of apartment blocks and a flexible approach to waitlists so certain people, e.g. those who have jobs are put first in line.

Overall, Denmark has seen a positive change since 2018 when the plan to change the ghettos were implemented.

Yet, there have been arguments against the ghetto plan. You get far away from your circle of friends, you are forced to moving to a different area. But the drastic changes in social life and everyday life are exactly what the ambitious project is all about.

The list does should not be tossed, because it works. Unemployment in the problem areas has fallen more than in the surrounding society. At the same time more people in jobs have moved to the former ghettos.

Crime has also fallen in several of the ghettos, and the places are overall not prone to as much tension. Who knows, maybe the stigma of living in these areas might one day disappear?

I understand that some of the residents are not happy and see the implementation of legislation as a patronizing state intervention. All change are difficult, and it is in human nature to fight them – even when the changes benefit oneself, one’s surroundings, and society in general.

If Denmark wants a society without satellite areas with unemployment, crime, social control and ways of life far from what the country normally accepts, it seems that this drastic model, where people become part of the surrounding society, works.

I tip my hat to the political courage.

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