The Perceptions of Multiculturalism and Policymaking in Denmark

Maria Christiansen Imonitie

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Today we view the concept of culture as a universal understanding, but research indicates that in different settings, frameworks, and fields of study, the concept is complex. Even more, when some of the politicians throughout Europe argue that multiculturalism is harmful, one must be critical of such claims. This thesis investigates how political rhetoric and public debates about multiculturalism impacts policymaking regarding personal status law. This dissertation takes its departure with a Danish case study that explores Danish law changes from 2014 to 2019 concerning personal status laws. The debate highlighted in the thesis includes both past, and current debate in Denmark and other European countries.
Moreover, two different theoretical approaches assisted in answering the research question and in providing a profound answer. The thesis illustrates that if the public debate is negative regarding migration, it ultimately affects laws that can limit or prevent further future migration from occurring. Furthermore, the nature and provisions in the laws can be interpreted to indicate that only certain types of people are welcome in the country. Conclusively, the discourse plays a significant role in influencing how, and when politicians legislate and also influence people’s voting patterns at national elections.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2020
Antal sider72
VejledereSune Haugbølle


  • Multiculturalism
  • Legislation
  • Policymaking