The Deputy leader of the Danish People’s Party (DPP) Morten Messerschmidt has raised the question on increase in Islamic fundamentalism and immigration from Muslim countries in Denmark. He said that for many people being Muslim raises some fundamental problems with living a Danish life. Whether that is views on women or views on law and democracy.
He further said that being Muslim should not preclude anyone from Danish citizenship, citing fellow MP Naser Khader as an example of a Muslim who supports democracy in Denmark. However, he cautioned that the country has experienced issues and occasional violence from certain immigrants of Muslim background in the country over the past 30 years.
The DPP is also proposing a ban on granting citizenship to people married to foreign nationals.
“It does something enormously negative for integration if you marry your cousin from the same village that your parents came from,” Messerschmidt added.
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in Europe. However, the Danish Government does not collect data on citizens' religion so the exact number of Muslims in Denmark is not known with certainty. According to the World Population Review, Muslim constituted approximately 5.40% of the total population of Denmark.
Danish people have experienced several riots which were carried out by Muslims in the country. In April 2019, riots broke out in Norrebro in Copenhagen, Denmark, after Islam critic Rasmus Paludan staged a demonstration in the district. 23 people were arrested for a range of offences, from refusal to obey commands issued by police to arson and violence against police. Emergency services responded to 70 fires connected to the disturbances.
India is also facing the issue of illegal migration from neighbouring Islamic countries. The proportion of Muslims in border State West Bengal has grown from 19.85% in 1951 to 27.01% in 2011. However, in January 2019, the Indian Government has passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA) to grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims of neighbouring Islamic countries. Muslims opposed this bill and rioted in the capital in which more than 50 people including police officials died and thousands other injured.