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Ghetto-shock: So many are unemployed

There are big problems with the residents with foreign background in the country's ghettos are outside the labour market.

New figures from the ministry of Employment show that the majority of persons of non-western descent, in the disadvantaged areas are on public benefits.

In the 29 areas that are on the government's ghetto list, living in a total of 60 percent of the residents with non-western background of money from the public.

According to the ministry of Employment is primarily talking about the fact that these people are on social assistance and disability benefits. Only 15 percent are in education.

– It is a big problem in relation to the cohesion in this society, that so many people in some few areas are completely outside of the Danish society and almost living in a parallel universe. We can not accept, says the minister for employment Troels Lund Poulsen (V).

– the Government's ghetto-level (a number of initiatives with a focus on the disadvantaged areas, red.) take a break with it, but in addition we need to put much more massive. It is not at least the municipalities, which must begin to prioritize this area.

to get the problems to life mentions the minister, among other things, a ’much tougher sanctions policy, if you do not take the offer, one made available to them’.

– So it should in a higher degree felt in the wallet, he says.

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Troels Lund Poulsen. Photo: Mads Nissen

It is particularly the non-western women, in contrast, who are not in employment.

the Figures from the ministry of Employment show that almost eight out of ten of those women are not in jobs. The corresponding figure for the men is 66 percent.

– It is the manifestation of a failed integration policy in decades, notes Troels Lund Poulsen.

– What is the responsibility In the even in the Left for this failed policy?

– It is true that the Left has part of the responsibility, and it is the responsibility of which we are aware. Therefore, we have – and, not least, Inger Støjberg (minister of integration, ed.) – spent an enormous effort the last three years to put a different and more proactive agenda. But it is not enough to say that it is the previous government's fault. It is a responsibility that is at the municipal level. It is the municipalities who need to make sure that the people coming into the job.

Here is the ghetto-the list

to get on the government's ghetto list, there must be a general residential area with at least 1000 residents, where
the proportion of immigrants and descendants from non-western countries exceeds 50 percent.

in Addition, at least two of the following four criteria have to be

1 the Share of residents aged 18-64 years, who is not related to the labour market or education and training, exceed 40 percent determined as the average over the past two years.

2 the Proportion of residents convicted of a criminal offence, våbenloven or the Danish act on euphoriant substances is at least three times the national average calculated as average over the past two years.

3 the Proportion of residents aged 30-59 years, who only has a basic education exceeds 60 percent of all residents in the same age group.

4 The average gross income for taxpayers aged 15-64 years in the area (excluding students) is less than 55 percent of the average gross income for the same group in the

Here are the 29 areas that meet the criteria:

Copenhagen: Lundtoftegade, Browser, Mjølnerparken, Gadelandet/Husumgård,Tingbjerg/Utterslevhuse, Bispeparken, Hørgården

Høje-Taastrup: Tåstrupgård, Charlotteager, Gadehavegård.

Frugality/Sydvej. "

Agervang, Holbæk

Ringparken, Slagelse

Motalavej, Slagelse

Lindholm, Guldborgsund

Solbakken, etc., Odense

Korsløkkeparken the East, Odense, denmark

Vollsmose, Odense, denmark

Nørager/Søstjernevej m.fl., Sønderborg

Stengårdsvej, Esbjerg

Sundparken, Horsens


the forest road/forest park,

Finlandsparken, Vejle

Resedavej/Nørrevang II,

Bispehaven, Aarhus, denmark

Skovgårdsparken, Aarhus


Ellekonebakken. "

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– I am young and need to on with life, " says 28 year-old Rawan Mohamed from Elsinore. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan.

Rawan 28: I will not just sit at home

Rawan Mohamed on 28 years of living in the construction Frugality in Helsingør, north of Copenhagen – an area that is on the government's ghetto list.

She has just moved back to his neighourhood with her husband and their two children. As a young man on the uddannelseshjælp she has tried to be one of the women behind the numbers, which show that almost eight out of ten women in contrast are not in the job. A matter of fact, she does not care about.

– I am young and need to proceed with life. I will not just sit at home, and therefore have I also acted on my situation, she says in impeccable English and tells about that she is now in the process of reading to the educator.

Rawan was born and raised in Denmark, while her parents in her time came here from Lebanon.

She has previously worked as Arabic-English interpreter for Helsingør Municipality in about three years and is the oldest of five siblings, who all either work or are in school or training. And it is precisely her own, and even younger generations of migrants, that is the solution to unemployment, she believes.

– When you look at the young, it looks much better, but in my parents ' generation, it is harder. There are many, perhaps there are run-down or have it bad psychologically, because they have fled from the war.

though her own mother has a hard time finding a job right now, looks Rawan in the extent up to her.

– She has been a big role model for me. It is her who has supported us to get an education, and her who has helped us with homework.

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