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Housing a continent

In politics on October 11, 2015 at 22:03

One of my old friends volunteer for the C. Eskildsen Research Center i Højer. Their mission is to protect and advise Danes who want to leave Denmark to work and study for a period. When you have a child who wants to live outside Denmark they are the ones to turn to.

I was surprised to see that they made a piece about migration but then again it is what every Dane is talking about. All the news are about how we should save and prepare us for worse times because we will have to house and feed a number of people until the war is over. People with no qualification to ever make a future in Denmark. Look at the Romas in Elsinore. They are not activily a part of the town and they have been staying there for several generations.

Every building – I mean every – will be used to house people. It could turn out ugly.

I quoeted them fully so you can judge for yourself:

Migrants come to Denmark too and it has become a problem (Blog post C. Eskildsen Research Center)

This is a story about how small cities likes Egedal municipality struggles to find place for the large number of refugees, migrants or asylum seekers from haft Africa and countries in the Middle East like Syria. The winter is coming and tents simply don’t cut it due to the intense cold Denmark experienced this year. People continued to wear their winter clothes until late May. To force families to sleep outside in tents without having been trained would be murder.

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It has been some years since the last child and employee left

One of the places Egedal municipality found to house the migrants was the “Kindergarten of death” named after an incident in 2001 where a 3 year old boy died due the bacteria Escherichia coli 0157. The local population knows that the investigation was tampered with focusing on the food served in the Kindergarten. The real reason however was problems with a worn down sewer system allowing rats to run freely during the nights in sandpits where the children played during the day. Local trade union problems prevented the sandpits from being covered with nets because the local authorities would have been forced to pay the employee for an extra half hour of work every day.

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The woodwork is rotten and have seen better days. Fresh paint could improve the sight.

The Kindergarten continued to exist until 2009 where it burned after some small boys played with matches near the worn-down buildings. Since the death of the 3 year old boy the children were forced to vaccinate against hepatitis if their parents let their children attend the kindergarten and they were not allowed to bring homemade birthday’s cakes to the kindergarten either. If they had something to celebrate they had to buy pre-fabricated food in supermarkets.

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The kindergarten seen from south. There is water in this area from the sewer system when it has rained

Now 20 migrants will be housed in the former Kindergarten left over from the fire. Paintjobs will be done and they will install a lock in the sewer into the houses so rats cannot enter inside the houses. However the sewer system in the area continues to remain in a standard close to collapse so it would not be wise to eat outside even during the short hot summers.

Denmark is close to collapse trying to house the massive number of migrants entering Denmark. Cities all over Denmark are questioning a city like Copenhagen to take in zero migrants. Copenhagen states that they have already exceeded their limit and tourists in Copenhagen recognize a growing number of homeless migrants from especially the eastern part of Europe where the schooling systems are very sub-standard compared to the Danish schooling system allowing migrants to the Eastern part of Europe to live of collecting empty bottles for recycling or working illegal in the restaurant business or as newspaper boys without paying taxes.

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Old sewer system near the Kindergarten

Experience has shown the Danish population that you can house only that much people without allowing some of them to die. After World War II Denmark housed 200,000 refugee from the lost parts of Germany. Some 17,000 mostly children died from 1945 to 1947. At some point the healthcare system cannot be stretched anymore and the doctors and nurses back then stopped to treat patients when they judged that their limits morally and psychically had been exceeded. No official complaint from Germany has ever reached Denmark which meant that Germany understood our problem and the solutions we made back then. Tough times required tough solutions.

Is Denmark close to this limit by using places like “The kindergarten of Death”? How huge a percentage will Denmark judge as acceptable to lose while they are kept and fed in Denmark until they can move on? Only the future will tell.

Sources in Danish

Nearly 4,000 Danish public servants may suffer an end to their career

In politics on October 1, 2015 at 14:10

The Danish government has decided to demote 3,900 public servants by moving their workplace out of Copenhagen. It has been Danish tradition for many years since 1864 that public servants saw their career move forward measuring it with how close they were to Christiansborg. After the loss in 1864 the government in Copenhagen turned the city into a castle building a lot of fortresses around Copenhagen and a massive defense system “Vestvolden” so Denmark in case of an invasion could avoid defending countryside none cared about anyway.

So if a public servant did something good, the employee might be promoted to a job located closer to the central administration. If an employee did something wrong the employee would be banished from Copenhagen ending up serving in cities like Thisted far away in Jutland.

The government states that it is not a demotion. However one thing is what our prime minister mumbles about between drinking two beers. Another thing is that many employees have families and children who would be robbed of any possibility to attend more than 9 years of schooling. No university for the children as there are no university in cities like Viborg, Næstved and Hjoerring.

It is not the first time during Denmarks history that public workplaces have beem moved out of Copenhagen. Some public servants has rented houses where they sleep all weekdays and go home to Copenhagen during the weekends and holidays. Many tend to survive.

Some even commute more than the magic 20 kilometers Danes consider the limit when we are talking about how many kilometers a person can survive commuting. Many business owners who have invested in Danish companies know that they risk losing more than half of the employees if they move the company more than 20 kilometers in order to consolidate their businesses.

Let us pray for these Danes who now will suffer just as much as the people escaping from war in Syria and Africa. Now they will look into an uncertain future where they may be forced to live in a foreign culture. Denmark might be a little country but people from Jutland and Sealand only share the same name on their passports. A lot of Danes living in Copenhagen often express anxiety when they leave the city and disover that there are roads where they don’t have street lights at night.

It cannot be fun.

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