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November 05 2013

‘Women Should Be Submissive', and Other Google Autocomplete Suggestions

A series of ads by UN Women, revealed in late October, used the Google Autocomplete feature to uncover widespread negative attitudes toward women. Global Voices followed reactions to the UN Women campaign and conducted its own experiment in different languages. The results of searches conducted both within the UN Women campaign and Global Voices revealed popular attitudes not only about women’s social and professional roles, but also about their sexuality, appearance and relationships with men.

UN Women ad featuring Google autocomplete suggestions for the phrase

UN Women ad featuring Google autocomplete suggestions for the phrase “women shouldn't”

The creators of the UN Women ads used search phrases like “women cannot”, “women shouldn’t”, “women should” and “women need to” completed by genuine Google search terms to highlight overwhelmingly negative stereotypes, sexist and highly discriminatory views held about women by society globally. The ads quickly went viral and sparked a heated discussion online. Last week, creators have announced that they are planning to expand the campaign in response to the mass online reaction.

The auto-complete function for searches, according to Google, predicts users’ queries based on the search activity of all users of the web as well as the content of indexed pages. The predictions may also be influenced by past searches of the particular user if they are signed into their Google account.

Global Voices asked its contributors from around the world to carry out Google searches using the same or similar phrases as those used in the UN Women campaign, in their own languages. The searches done between October 19 and October 25, 2013, revealed attitudes about the roles women are expected to take in society, often demonstrating the same global prejudices, but sometimes showing contradictions in different countries. Below are searches in 12 languages from different countries and continents:

Spanish

Chile

“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Silvia Viñas. October 21, 2013.

Women should not…
Women should not preach
Women should not work
Women should not talk in the congregation
Women should not drive

Peru

“Women cannot…” A screenshot by Juan Arellano. October 21, 2013.

Women cannot…
Women cannot preach
Women cannot be pastors
Women cannot donate blood
Women cannot live without man

Puerto Rico

“Women should…”. A screenshot by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle. October 21, 2013.

Women should…
Women should be submissive
Women should use the veil
Women should preach
Women should work

French

France

“Women should…”. A screenshot by Suzanne Lehn. October 21, 2013.

Women should…
women should stay at home
women should work
should women preach
women should wear skirts
women should be submissive
women should know
women should vote
women should stay at home
should women work
women should do the cooking

“Women don't know…”. A screen shot by Rayna St. October 21, 2013.

Women don’t know…
women don't know how to drive
women don't know what they want
women don't know how to be in love
women don't know how to read cards

Arabic

Egypt (similar results in Jordan)

“Woman cannot…”. A screenshot by Tarek Amr. October 21, 2013.

Woman cannot…
Woman cannot live without marriage
Woman cannot live without a man
Woman cannot keep a secret
Woman cannot interpret man's silence

Chinese

“Women cannot…”. A screenshot by Gloria Wang. October 21, 2013.

Women cannot…
Women cannot be too smart
Women can't drive
Women cannot give birth
10 topics women cannot discuss with their husbands

Romanian

“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Diana Lungu. October 21, 2013.

women should not…
women should be loved not understood
women should not be understood
women should not wear pants
what women should not do in bed

 Italian

Italy

“Women should…”. A screenshot by Gaia Resta. October 22, 2013.

Women should…
Women should stay at home
should play hard to get
should stay in the kitchen
should be subdued

“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Gaia Resta. October 22, 2013.

Women should not…
Women should not be understood
should not work
should not be understood but loved
should not read

 German

Germany

“Woman should not…”. A screenshot by Katrin Zinoun. October 21, 2013.

Woman should not…
Woman should not teach
My wife should not work

“Woman can…”. A screenshot by Katrin Zinoun. October 21, 2013.

Woman can….
Woman cannot come
Woman cannot get pregnant
Woman cannot cook
Woman cannot get a baby

 Hebrew

“Women don't…”. A screenshot by
Gilad Lotan. October 21, 2013.

Women don't…
Women don't work
Women are not modest
Women don't know how to drive
Women don't want to have kids

 Hungarian

“A woman should be…”. A screenshot by Marietta Le.
October 21, 2013.

A woman should be…
a woman should be a chef in the kitchen
a woman should be pretty and ruthless

 Danish

“Women cannot…”. A screenshot by Solana Larsen. October 20, 2013.

Women cannot…
Women cannot drive
Women cannot control vagina
Women cannot be color blind
Women cannot barbecue

In Danish, the searches for “women cannot” and “women can” yielded the same results.

Russian
Russia

“Women should not…”. A screenshot by Veronica Khokhlova. October 19, 2013.

Women should not…
Women should not be believed
Women should not lift heavy things
Women should not drink
Women should not be trusted

 English

The UK

“Women should…”. A screenshot by Annie Zaman. October 25, 2013.

Women should…
Women should be seen and not heard
Women should stay at home
Women should know their place

 Not all searches carried out by members of Global Voices community turned up negative terms. Nevertheless, the results of the experiment largely confirm UN Women’s worrying conclusion that a great deal of work still remains to be done in order to advance women’s rights and empowerment around the world.

November 12 2012

7 Must-See African Moustaches

President Omar al Bashir

In honor of Movember: President Omar al Bashir of Sudan and his moustache. Via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

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October 02 2012

Denmark: “Happy Divorces” with Big Banks

“Are you sure you want to take out money here?”

This question was posted across ATMs of the big banks in Denmark back in September. It was the warm-up for the ‘Bank Transfer Day’ that kicked off on Oct. 1.

The ‘Bank Transfer Day’ campaign [da] is a citizen initiative working to make the Danes reconsider where they keep their money – to consider if they can vouch for their bank. The goal of the campaign is to make the Danes dump the big banks and go to smaller savings banks and co-operative local banks instead.

“Break up with you bank,” they shout on FacebookPhoto by 401(K) 2012 on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND)

Price increases in loans and overdrafts may have helped push the initiative forward – either way, more and more Danes express dissatisfaction with their banks, and so far an unknown amount have even switched banks.

The Facebook page [da] of ‘Bank Transfer Day’ has over 6,000 ‘likes', and posts tick in with messages of “happy divorces” with old banks and recommendations for new ones.

Klaus Nørregaard [da] writes:

Just signed the papers and moved the household's activities to Arbejdernes Landsbank” [an unlisted shareholding bank]

Hatice Ucar [da] asks:

Which bank do you have? Do you recommend it and why?

It seems, however, that the day is only happy for the ones with sound financial circumstances. More people have commented on the wall that they were not allowed to change bank, as Ahu Perle Öztürk [da] comments:

Errrmmm, my bank won't break up with me?”

The ‘Bank Transfer Day’ initiative comes as a reaction to the banks’ jeopardizing behavior before and after the recession,, they explain on their Facebook page [da] and website [da].

The Danish initiative happens in the wake of similar international initiatives.

August 18 2012

Yemen: Open letter to president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi

Yemeni-Canadian Doctor and novelist Dr Qais Ghanem addressed a letter to the Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi [en] asking him to sack the officers controlling the armed forces. To full text of the letter is available here [ar].

August 26 2011

Denmark: At Last, the Prime Minister Calls the Elections

Today the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has finally let the Danes out of suspense by calling the parliamentary elections: the big day is already in three weeks, on September 15.

The announcement was a relief to many. Already in the spring rumors started circulating that the election was just around the corner, and some of the Danish media even predicted that it would happen before the summer holidays (the Danish Parliament is officially on vacation from mid-June to the first Tuesday of October). This last week before the announcement of the election date has been characterized by impatience, and Danish netizens have expressed themselves through humorous online statements.

There Will Never Be Elections, Ever

The Tumblr page ‘therewillneverbeelectionsever!’ (derbliveraldrigvalgever.tumblr.com) [da] was launched a couple of weeks ago and is now filled with examples of manipulated commercials, pictures and audio, claiming in a sarcastic tone that the elections will never come. One of the popular pieces is the edited version of the Prime Minister’s New Year's speech: “We must have the elections. This is written in the Constitution. But I guarantee you…that it will never happen,” the Prime Minister says in a solemn voice. The Tumblr page now has nearly 3,700 “likes” on Facebook.

by Christian Panton

A screenshot of the Election Button

Another popular gadget, the ‘Election Button’ (valgknappen.dk) [da], was created by a computer science student Christian Panton earlier this week. It is a simple page with a single button and a short text: “27,152 Danes have already pressed the election button. Now we’re just waiting for Lars Løkke Rasmussen.”

The current government took office in 2001 and was re-elected for its third term in the last elections in 2007.

May 16 2011

Denmark: Controversial Law Re-Introduces Border Control

Danish nationalist right wing party, The Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti/DF), recently announced the re-introduction of controls at the country's borders with Germany and Sweden. The centre-right minority government in Copenhagen capitulated and the proposal went through.

The Danish decision came as a surprise to many because it was taken only few hours before an emergency European Union (EU) meeting focused on immigration and the Schengen Agreement. The treaty was signed in 1985 and in 2001 Denmark decommissioned its border control at the German border.

Borderline between Sweden and Denmark on the Øresunds Bridge. Image by Flickr user mollenborg.com (CC BY 2.0).

Borderline between Sweden and Denmark on the Øresunds Bridge. Image by Flickr user mollenborg.com (CC BY 2.0).

The border-free region counts more than 22 EU countries plus Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. It goes from Portugal to Russia's borders on the Baltic, and from Reykjavik to Turkey's border with Greece.

There were calls in the European Parliament to cut Denmark out of the Schengen regime in light of the new border policy. But the Danish government has promised that border and customs checks will not extend to passport controls, and that this remains compliant with Schengen.

The European Commission is now working to find out whether Denmark complies with international law. Meanwhile the German government has protested that the open border should not be sacrificed for domestic political reasons [da] and Sweden has called it a scandal.

Tight anti-immigration policy

Logo from the Facebook page ‘What about shutting your ass instead of shutting the borders’.

Logo from the Facebook page ‘What about shutting your ass instead of shutting the borders’.

Denmark has developed extremely tight anti-immigration laws within the last ten years and this increasing far-right discourse seem to have spread across the EU - to Italy, France and the Netherlands.

It might also have been triggered by a fear for the migrant consequences of the Arab Spring protests earlier this year.

A Facebook group called ‘Border Police Back in Denmark’  (Grænsepoliti tilbage i DK) [da] has 2,324 members and has supported the DF border initiative with comments such as “Now we can sleep soundly a night”.

What about shutting your ass instead of shutting the borders’  (Hvad med at lukke røven i stedet for at lukke grænserne) [da] is the name of another Facebook group - one against the proposal - which has 6,263 members and counting.

Here is some of the unsatisfied comments from Facebook and Twitter:

Lars Rosgaard: Symbolpolitik er desværre den eneste form for politik, der i øjeblikket praktiseres i DK

Lars Rosgaard: Symbolic politics is the only politics in Denmark at the moment

Lena Olsen: Valgflæsk for DF (…). Jeg er bare så træt af de tosser

Lena Olsen: A sop to the electors from DF (…). I’m so sick of those idiots

Jakob Ellekjær: Det der ødelægger det her land, er dem der styrer det.

Jakob Ellekjær: What ruins this country is those ruling it

@trinemaria: @umbraco Det er SÅ dumt med den grænsekontrol at jeg seriøst overvejer ikke at vende tilbage, hvis jeg slipper igennem!

@trinemaria: @umbraco It is so STUPID with that border control that I'm seriously considering not coming back if I get through!

March 14 2011

Japan: Earthquake, “how to protect yourself” in 30 languages

Written by Scilla Alecci

TUFS students launched a website with advices on risk management translated in more than 30 languages.
The website provides “a basic guide in several languages to what to do when you have to evacuate because of the earthquake.”

February 11 2011

Denmark: Taking Facebook to the Streets in 2010

Written by Maria Grabowski Kjær

Facebook came to life on Denmark's streets in 2010 through a number of events and groups organised via the social networking site.

Creativity characterised Facebook in ‘real life', whilst motives have been both political and benevolent, and supporters enthusiastic.

Denmark's Top 3 Real Life Facebook Events

  1. Love Demonstration (Kærlighedsdemonstration)
  2. An initiative called ‘Love Without Limits’ (Kærlighed uden grænser) arranged a demonstration on 8 December, 2010, against a new law to further restrict Danish immigration policy. International couples - of Danish and foreign origin - now face various legal challenges against sharing a life together in Denmark.

    The ‘Love Without Limits' Facebook page [da] has around 17,000 supporters, and more than 7,000 people took to the streets [da] to show their frustrations regarding the policy.

  3. Make a Lasagne for the Homeless (Lav en lasagne til de hjemløse)
  4. Christmas is freezing cold in Denmark and an extremely hard time for the country's homeless. This Facebook event [da] gathered 572 activists to share a lasagne they had made with a homeless person.

    This unusual initiative certainly made at least one Copenhagen street corner smell - and feel - a little better than usual.

  5. Send a Lemon Cake to the Danish People’s Party (Send en citronmåne til Dansk folkeparti)
  6. On 16 November, 2010, the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti - DF) political group received more than 400 lemon cakes as part of a Facebook event [da].

    At the time of writing, 17,273 people had chosen to virtually ‘attend' or support the event, which was organised to protest the Party's intention to remove complimentary cake and lemonade from hospital and doctors' waiting rooms, due to the large appetite and number of immigrants using the services [da].

The Danish People's Party took delivery of over 400 lemon cakes as part of a Facebook protest. Image supplied with permission by Dancake.

The Danish People's Party took delivery of over 400 lemon cakes as part of a Facebook protest. Image supplied with permission by Dancake.

Let Them (Not) Eat Cake

The Danish People’s Party is a right wing, nationalist and anti-immigration party with great influence as a result of the existing coalition with the ruling Liberal Party of Denmark.

The cake in question is not just any cake; the ‘Lemon Moon' (Citronmåne) is a sponge cake manufactured by Danish company Dan Cake, which has been a familiar fixture on the shelves of Northern European convenience stores since the 1960s. In Danish homes it is a longstanding accompaniment to a cup of coffee.

The Dan Cake marketing department calls the Lemon Moon a “national symbol” [da], a Facebook fan calls it the “taste of her childhood” [da], and in the UK it has been nicknamed ‘caravan cake’ due to its perennial presence on camping holidays.

The cake is also emblematic of police officers; it was used in both online [da] and offline [da] protests back in 2007, when an underground venue and communal space that had played host to young left-wing groups since 1982, was torn down in Copenhagen [da].

Regarding the cake's recent use against the Danish People's Party, European online magazine cafebabel.com finds it ironic that “the crescent shape of the ‘lemon half-moon’ is also a [M]uslim symbol – a perfect gift on the eve of Ramadan?”. The site also offers a recipe for readers to bake their own Lemon Moon and send it to their local far-right politician.

Danish hospital director Ib Steen Mikkelsen explains that immigrant families do often have more visitors when hospitalised compared to other Danish patients, but that the only remarkable thing is that it is nice for the patient to have more guests.

Blogger Mina on atherosclerosis meanwhile, is puzzled by the Party’s policy; she has worked in hospitals in Denmark and does not recall any cakes.

Call for Action

Unfounded or not, supporters of the Lemon Moon Facebook event found the Danish People's Party’s cake policy resentful and petty, which resulted in the call for action.

The Party is however, no stranger to controversy and some commentators have suggested the Facebook event may have had the opposite effect to the one intended, by raising the political group's profile. Twitter user @idabrixtofte, used the hash tag #ignorerdemdog, meaning “just ignore them”.

@idabrixtofte writes via Twitter:

projekt citronmåne er vand på DF's mølle, og bliver sandsynligvis spinnet til egen vinding i sidste ende #ignorererdemdog #saftgate

Project Lemon Moon is water for DF’s [Danish People's Party's] mill, and will probably be used for [the Party's] own gains in the end

@jakobandresen, a journalist student, tweeted:

finder det morsomt, at citronmåne-aktivisterne intetanende hjælper #DF med at profilere sig som partiet med humor og overskud. #Selvmål!

Find it funny that Lemon Moon-activists are unsuspectedly helping #DF [Danish People's Party] to profile themselves as a party of humour and energy

Less concerned Twitter observers chose to see the funny side. Danish Parliamentary candidate @EmilDyred wrote:

klukker af grin over Send en citronmåne til Dansk Folkeparti! og håber, at appetitten er god på DF's gang på Christiansborg.

Chuckling with laughter over Send a Lemon Moon to the ‘Danish People’s Party! Hope that appetites are good at DF’s [Danish People's Party] office in Christiansborg [the seat of the Danish parliament]

@KasinoKamilla tweeted:

Har grineren på over kageindsamlingen til Dansk Folkeparti. Kunne være jeg selv skulle smutte forbi med en citronmåne. De har fortjent den

Laughing about the cake collection for the Danish People's Party. If I could I would have stopped by with a Lemon Moon. They deserved it

The Party itself states on its website:

Dansk Folkeparti tager kageaktionen med et smil og sætter pris på, at danskerne heldigvis har så meget humor, så man stadig kan føre demonstrationer med noget så harmløst som citronmåner.

The Danish People's Party takes the cake action with a smile, and appreciates that the Danes have such a great sense of humour that one can lead demonstrations with something as harmless as Lemon Moons.

They go on to explain their intention to hand out the many cakes received to homeless people or nursing homes. The party also added an ‘online scratch card' game (now offline) to their website's response, whereby readers could win two cinema tickets if they got three Lemon Moons on their card.

The producer of the Lemon Moon, Dan Cake, appreciated the publicity generated by the Facebook event, with its marketing department commenting that the cake had now reached the proper status it deserved.

This post was proofread in English by Emma Brewin.

November 05 2010

Denmark: Kurdish TV Station Accused of Supporting Terrorism

By Maria Grabowski Kjær

Roj TV logoRoj TV, a Kurdish-language satellite television station based in Denmark has been accused of supporting terrorism by the Danish attorney-general. It may lose its broadcasting license once the case goes to trial. The prosecuting authorities claim the station has ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organisation that fights for extended autonomy for the Kurdish minority in Turkey. The PKK is considered a terrorist group by the European Union, and Roj TV is accused of promoting the organization through its television programming.

According to Kurdish activists the Turkish government has been pressing the Danish government to shut down the station since 2005 when it was banned in Turkey. The Danish Radio and Television Board granted Roj TV a license in 2004. Since then, the board has twice determined that the broadcasts did not violate any Danish rules.

In Denmark, freedom of speech is valued highly, many politicians and bloggers have argued that closing the station would be wrong.

On September 11, hundreds of Kurds marched the streets of Copenhagen in protest. One Danish-Kurdish blogger, New Black Panther Party, supported the demonstration saying Kurds have “the right to have a voice”. Another protest followed on October 19, after an initial court victory that led to re-opening of Roj TV’s bank accounts after they were frozen by police.

The Council of Europe estimates that there are 8,000-10,000 Kurds living in Denmark but there are no official statistics since Kurds are usually registered as Turkish, Iranian, or Iraqi because there is no Kurdish nation state.

A Danish progressive online portal Modkraft (Counter force) shared pictures from the demonstration where people carried banners saying, “Freedom of speech goes for Kurds too” and “Roj TV is the voice of democracy”.

On the website of Kurdisk Forum (Kudish Forum), a pressure group in Denmark that aims to keep the Turkish-Kurdish political conflict in the public eye, a press release from September 10 describes Roj TV as an important counter-balance to official Turkish news for Kurds in Turkey as well as in Denmark.

Kurdistan Commentary, an anonymous blog about “anything at all related to Kurds, Kurdistan, and Kurdish”, provides a detailed overview of the case and writes:

“The case is complicated, pitting press freedoms against illegal financing and support of terrorism. But the deck is stacked against Roj-TV with Denmark being called Europe’s weak link, bringing with it enormous pressure on Danish courts to shut the station down and prove Denmark can be a partner in the global fight against terrorism.”

The Copenhagen Post, a Danish newspaper in English, analyses the case:

“The station has become a thorn in the side for relations between Turkey and Denmark, as Turkey banned the station in 2005 and has since accused Denmark of dragging its feet in the case, by taking five years to make a ruling.”

At the end of August, an investigative journalist for Berlingske Tidende newspaper in Denmark, Karl Erik Stougaard, asked readers their opinion of the case, while highlighting that the newspaper had unearthed photos, tapes and other types of documentation that proves connections to the PKK [Da] that have otherwise been denied by Roj TV management. The comment thread on the post contains heated discussion between those who think that Kurds should have the freedom to watch a television channel in their own language, and those who think that Roj-TV is religiously biased or may even have connections with the drug trade.

There are numerous Facebook groups in support of Roj TV in various countries and languages, as well as some that are anti-Roj.

No date has been announced for the trial, and Roj TV continues to broadcast in the meantime.

November 11 2009

Denmark: Immigrants offered money to leave the country

Denmark is offering immigrants from “non-Western” countries 100,000 Danish kroners (US$20,000) if they volunteer to give up their legal residency and move “home”. This is just one of many creative initiatives spearheaded by the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party to make foreigners - and especially Muslims - feel unwelcome in this small European country of 5.5 million inhabitants.

According to the Danish People's Party, a coalition partner of the two ruling right-wing parties of the Danish government, paying immigrants to leave Denmark will save the state money on social services and “problems” [da] in the long run. “It costs quite a lot to have maladjusted immigrants in Danish society,” said financial spokesperson of the party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. Funds have also been set aside for campaigns by local authorities who wish to encourage immigrants to leave the country. The government have not yet calculated how many people can be expected to accept the offer.

Around 10% of the population in Denmark are immigrants or descendants of immigrants including from neighboring countries, as well as the rest of the world. The primary issue in politics and the media for the past many years has been the “integration” of Muslim and other non-western immigrants and the tension arising from a perceived clash of cultures. Danish politicians have created some of the most stringent immigration laws in all of Europe, and continue to score high for it in polls.

How much, to leave the country?

facebook page screenshotIn response, a sarcastic public Facebook group [da] protesting the law has been set up to collect 100,000 kroners to pay the leader of the Danish People's Party, Pia Kjærsgård to leave the country.

The group has over 16,000 members, and the tagline says, “100,000 kr. dear friends - and maybe she'll do it”. The group creators pledge to offer any additional money collected to the minister of integration, Birthe Rønn Hornbech from the governing Liberal Party, in case she should be amenable to leaving the country as well.

The debate on the Facebook group page is heated. Some offer witty comments about who else should be kicked out of the country or what else should happen to them, while others counter that the offer from the Danish government is a generous offer and should be welcomed by immigrants who are unhappy in Denmark and would prefer to leave. One commenter disagrees with the hype, and reminds everyone that a similar policy has been in place for several years, but the amount of money on offer was only 10 times smaller.

Facebook commenter Dan Cornali Jørgensen says [da]:

Jeg har måske misforstået konceptet?
Drejer det sig ikke om et lovforslag som giver ikke-integrerbare udlændige mulighed for at sige ja-tak, til en check på 100.000 kr. mod tilsagn om frivilligt at rejse hjem til deres oprindelsesland? Umidelbart virker det storsindet og absolut humanistisk, da vi må formode at 100.000… kr. er en anseelig formue i det pågældende land, og nok til at starte en anstændig tilværelse i det land som de tilsyneladende har så stærk tilknytning til…

Have I perhaps misunderstood the concept?
Isn't it about a law that would give un-integratable foreigners the opportunity to say yes-please to a check of 100,000 kr. to voluntarily travel home to their country of origin? It seems magnanimous and absolutely humanitarian since we must assume that 100,000 kr. is something of a fortune in that country, and enough to start a decent existence in the country they apparently have a strong attachment to…

Pensioners must report travel of more than 2 months

Another initiative negotiated this month by Danish People's Party is a law that requires all pensioners and early retirees in Denmark [da] to report to their city government if they plan to leave Denmark for more than two months at a time. Ostensibly, the goal is to stop people “for instance, Iraqis” from receiving pension payments in Denmark while they may be collecting wages in another country at the same time. The most popular example is that of an Iraqi-Danish politician, Samia Aziz Mohammad, who was discovered to be collecting pension funds while she was earning high wages from the Iraqi parliament. She has since paid the money back [da] to the Danish government. Another pensioner was discovered by the Danish press to be earning wages from the Kurdish parliament.

Members of parliament of both the Liberal Party and the Danish People's Party have argued that the new restrictions will also cut down on holiday visits by fake refugees to their home countries, and repatriation of family members who spend too much time abroad.

The fact that all Danish pensioners wil in effect will become suspects of fraud is something the biggest association of the elderly in Denmark, DaneAge, is vocally angry [da] about. Many comments on newspaper articles [da] support the government's attempt to cut down on fraud.

One Danish blogger, Erik Bentzen on Dette og Hint, says [da]:

Enhver kan sige sig selv, at meldepligten ikke dæmmer op for noget som helst, da den ikke indebærer nogen form for effektiv kontrol.

Det er ren chikane og tom signalpolitik, som øger kommunernes administrative arbejde til ingen verdens nytte.

Reglen er så amøbeintelligent, at den forhåbentlig giver bagslag, næste gang pensionisterne skal til stemmeurnerne.

Anybody can see, that the new reporting rule isn't going to stop any fraud, since it does not involve any kind of effective control.

This is pure harassment and empty symbolic politics, which increases the administrative work of local government for no reason whatsoever.

The rule is so amoebae-intelligent that it hopefully will result in backlash next time the pensioners will vote.

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