Denmark plans double punishment for ghetto crime

Denmark plans double punishment for ghetto crime, by the BBC.

The Danish government plans to double the penalties for crimes committed in deprived “ghetto” areas, where immigrant numbers are above-average. …

The government lists 22 areas as “ghettos”, where more than 50% of residents are non-Western immigrants. …

Danish legal expert Birgitte Arent Eiriksson, quoted by the news website The Local, said the double punishment plan risked violating the principle that “everyone is equal before the law”. …

The government is also trying to tackle “parallel societies”, targeting immigrants who resist integration with local Danes, preferring to stick to their own traditions.

The Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Interior says the country has about half a million inhabitants with non-Western backgrounds — 10 times more than in 1980.

It estimates that 28,000 immigrant families “live in a parallel society”, and the proportion who do so reaches about 50% in “ghetto areas”. The largest ethnic groups in that category are Somalis (44%) and Lebanese (41%), the ministry says.