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01 January 2022

Denmark: Lack of funding forces national Knowledge Centre on Integration to close

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Denmark's Knowledge Centre on Integration was established in 2020 by Rasmus Brygger, a well known public figure in integration debates. He has previously been a consultant on integration policy for The Danish Confederation for Danish Employers, and is a former head of the youth branch of the Liberal Alliance (a Danish political party). A number of other experts have been attached as board members to the centre.

The aim in establishing the centre was to improve integration in Denmark and the dialogue surrounding it, through increased knowledge and collaboration. During its almost two years of existence, the centre published more than 40 analyses and received much media attention. Its work has been featured on EWSI several times, including most recently an analysis demonstrating that Danes overestimate problems caused by integration.

Although the centre is closing its website will remain available online for another year or two, ensuring access to content for interested stakeholders. In a newspaper interview, Brygger said:

"We make the mistake of not differentiating between values and facts. Integration issues have become a debate about values – and a very polarized one. That has led to a majority of Danes giving up on integration. We no longer talk about the great potentials. We talk about the problems only. We forget to talk about which options we have to move in the right direction, and how we have already done that to a large extent".

Headlines from recent investigations conducted by the centre include:

  • Every second Dane believes immigration is a serious threat to Danish culture
  • Many descendants of immigrants to Denmark drop out of high school education
  • Migrants and descendants are under-represented in Danish military services
  • Afghan refugees in Denmark score highly on integration indicators
  • The number of Syrian descendants in Denmark is likely to rise significantly
  • One in four children with a migrant background in Denmark sees a doctor on a less than yearly basis

All analyses are published in Danish only.


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Michala Clante Bendixen
Country Coordinator

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