This project deals with the Danish management of the UNHCR recommended quota refugees. The key element of this project is a so-called ‘community of fear’, where we wish to examine and discuss in which ways this community has an effect on the various criteria Denmark poses in relation to resettlement of the quota refugees. In order to deal with this self-created term, ‘community of fear’, theoretical ideas concerning community, fear and consequences will be implemented. This will be incorporated through Benedict Anderson’s perspective on Imagined Communities, Ulrich Beck’s theories related to World Risk Societies, Zygmunt Bauman’s written work on Liquid Fear and community, and last but not least Peter Høilund’s law of fear (Frygtens Ret). The empirical basis in this project will consist of two law proposals L 79 and L 141 and debates, L 97, L 79 from 2004/2005 and L 141 from 2014. Related consultation responses of various NGO’s will be included as well. It will furthermore be analyzed and discussed, based on the empirical findings, whether the law in that ten-year period is constituted on the basis of a growing fear in the Danish society. It is assumed that the Danish selection of quota refugees can be viewed in the light of fear. This selection has even received widespread international criticism from, among others, UNHCR and Amnesty International. The project concludes that a fear of ‘strangers’ exist, and because of that, the need of outlined national borders, in order to delimit the national community, appears. Therefore, the various criteria relating quota refugees emerges in both 2004/2005 and 2014. It is furthermore concluded that fear has won legal foothold in Danish legislation, which can be seen as an expression of an existing ‘community of fear’ in Denmark.
|Educations||Cultural encounter studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate|
|Publication date||26 May 2014|