Department of Political Science

Hvem er folket? Flygtninge og adgangen til dansk statsborgerskab

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Translated title of the contributionWho are the people? : Refugees and access to Danish citizenship
Denmark has some of the most restrictive citizenship rules in Europe, with requirements for long residence, language, knowledge, self-support and crime. Citizenship implies voting rights and the right to stand for election in national elections. As such it determines full democratic inclusion. Today, approximately 376,000 adult residents lack Danish citizenship. Using public registry data we investigate whether refugees who arrived as adults in 2001-09 have been able to fulfil the language, self-support and criminal record requirements. We investigate which requirements are most exclusionary, and what difference it makes if they were made less demanding. We further examine how many residents with Danish citizenship are able to meet these requirements. On this basis, we discuss their implications for Danish democracy, and whether they are consistent with normative conceptions of fairness.
Original languageDanish
JournalPolitica
Volume49
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)227-248
Number of pages22
ISSN0105-0710
StatePublished - 2017

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