Dutch TV to refugees: Go to Denmark instead

The Dutch television programme 'Zondag met Lubach' has a message for refugees considering the Netherlands: Go to Denmark instead, where houses are made out of Lego and everyone stars in their own acclaimed drama series.

Dutch TV to refugees: Go to Denmark instead
"Come to Denmark: It's the Netherlands, but somewhere else." Screenshot: Zondag met Lubach/VPRO/YouTube
Denmark and the Netherlands are often seen as one and the same from abroad (if you don’t believe us, check out the first point in Vox’s recent primer on Denmark), and the Dutch comedy programme ‘Zondag met Lubach’ recently attempted to capitalize on that confusion by redirecting refugees to Denmark. 
Sunday's episode of the satirical weekly news programme said that with the refugee crisis creating division within the Netherlands, the country can no longer guarantee the safety of refugees and asylum seekers. 
“So to anyone coming our way, we have one clear message: Try Denmark!”, the video says, before extolling the virtues of the Danes. 
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“Denmark’s population is highly intelligent. They all watch complicated Danish TV series without subtitles. Furthermore, people who have lived in Denmark for over five years automatically get their own internationally-acclaimed drama series”
The video, which can be seen as a response to Denmark’s own infamous message to would-be refugees, also wades in to a touchy area by bringing up the 2005 Mohammed Crisis spurred by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet. 
“Fun fact: Denmark has many cultural links to the Muslim world. For instance, the Prophet Mohammed was originally from a suburb of Copenhagen. This we know because the first drawings of the prophet were found here,” the narrator states.
The initial Danish response to the Dutch video has been positive. 
“As a Dane, I approve of this message ^^ it's funny! Well played, Holland, well played!” one YouTube user wrote.
“We deserve this for making those stupid ads in the first place,” another wrote.
The video clip concludes with what could very well be a new national slogan for the Dutch. 
“Come to Denmark: It’s the Netherlands, but somewhere else,” it states, before throwing in the bonus offer of Borgen box set for any refugees who “migrate within the next ten minutes”. 
'Zondag met Lubach' airs on national broadcaster VPRO and is hosted by comedian Arjen Lubach. The programme has a weekly audience of around 500,000 and is particularly popular with younger viewers. 


Danish ex-minister quits party after impeachment trial fallout

The former immigration minister Inger Støjberg has announced she will leave the opposition Liberal (Venstre) party and continue in parliament as an independent.

Danish ex-minister quits party after impeachment trial fallout
Inger Støjberg. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The announcement comes after a majority of Liberal party lawmakers voted in favour of sending the former minister to an impeachment court over an illegal order she issued while in office.

She had previously stepped down as deputy leader of the Liberals over the issue.

“This is endlessly hard for me, but it couldn’t be any different. In the period I’m in now, being an independent is the best way I can continue to fight for the values I stand for,” she told the local Skive Folkeblad.

She also cast doubt in the interview on the Liberal party’s chances of winning an election with leader Jakob Ellemann-Jensen at its helm and said the party’s current stance on immigration was not strict enough.

“I don’t think he (Ellemann-Jensen) will become prime minister,” she said.

Støjberg and Ellemann-Jensen have repeatedly clashed as the enquiry into her illegal order and subsequent move for an impeachment trial progressed in parliament.

The former has long been a divisive figure in Danish politics, not least because of her hardline policies and often-populist image while immigration minister.

These have included publishing anti-refugee advertisements in Lebanese newspapers, posting a picture of a celebratory cake on social media after passing a 50th law curbing immigration, and a law enabling Danish authorities to confiscate valuable items from refugees.

She was, however, the architect of a successful apprenticeship scheme for refugees while immigration minister, and defended the scheme when it was attacked by the far right.

According to Danish law, she could face anything between a fine or a prison sentence of up to ten years, should the impeachment trial find her guilty.

The leaders of Denmark’s two far-right, anti-immigration parties, the Danish People’s Party and Nye Borgerlige (New Right), both said on Thursday morning that Støjberg would be welcome to join them, news wire Ritzau reported.

The former minister is not the only high profile departure from the Liberal party in recent weeks. On January 1st, former prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced he would hand in his membership, also to continue

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