Friday, March 17, 2006

Not by Pia's work

(Asylum seekers gaining residence permits. Dan. Statistics)

One of the most persistent, but false, assumptions in the Danish electorate is that the drop in the number of asylum seekers experienced in recent years is due to the work done by the Danish People's Party to scare them away. This is a main reason for the rising popularity of the party. The Danish voters - or a large part of them - do not like this kind of immigrants. Hence they vote for a party that actively scares them away.

It is not correct, however, that it's the good and honorable work done by Pia Kjaersgaard, Luise Frevert ("Cancer growth"), Camre and Langballe ("Pest over Europe") that keeps Denmark ethnically "clean". This has come about as a general development. It also happens in other countries in the Western hemisphere. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, writes in a newly released document:

Asylum applications in industrialized countries fell sharply in 2005 for the fourth year in a row. Last year, 336,000 asylum applications were submitted, 15 percent fewer than in 2004.In the last five years, the number of asylum seekers arriving in all industrialized countries has fallen by half.The total number of asylum seekers arriving last year in the 38 industrialized countries for which comparable, long-term historical statistics are available was the lowest since 1987, at 331,600.In the 25 countries of the European Union, as well as in Europe as a whole, the number of asylum seekers last year was the lowest since 1988.In most individual asylum countries, the 2005 total was the lowest for many years. In Denmark and Germany, for example, the number is the lowest since 1983; in Canada since 1985 and in Switzerland since 1986. In the United Kingdom, the number of asylum applications in 2005 was the lowest since 1993.

So, dear Danes. No need to vote for Pia any longer. We can have a free and open society in Denmark again.

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