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    Faroe Islands Aim to Avoid Europe’s Mistakes on Immigration

    The Faroese have developed a programme to integrate migrants from over 80 countries

    here’s an old anecdote that most locals of Suðuroy, the southernmost of 18 mountainous islands that make up the Faroe Islands, are familiar with. It tells the story of how some time back in the 1980s, a black African man was spotted on the streets of Tvøroyri village. Such was the uniqueness of the sighting that the local newspaper ran a story on it.

    Some three decades on, things are very different for the semi-autonomous nation that forms part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The Faroese are accustomed to seeing foreign nationals on their streets and in society, given that they now account for about 3 per cent of the 50,000 population – and the proportion is rising steadily.

    Many of these newcomers have come from neighbouring Iceland, but more striking is the influx of migrants from southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Thailand. Today the roughly 1,300 immigrants in the Faroe Islands come from more than 80 different countries.

    Mindful of the lessons learned by other European countries, the Faroese government has been quick to introduce integration measures to ensure these new arrivals can settle into a society that, for much of its history, has been a highly homogenous nation.

    The municipality of Klaksvík, the second-largest town in the nation, was the frontrunner in implementing a policy that reflects this societal shift.

    “When we started all this, it was because we had an opportunity that other countries didn’t have,” says Jógvan Skorheim, mayor of Klaksvík. “We knew that this [immigration trend] would be the future and that there would be more people from abroad coming to our country, so we had a golden opportunity to do something from the start and, most likely, to do it correctly.”

    In 2014 the mayor and his municipal government established an integration policy called Klaksvíkar Kommuna (A City for Everyone), with the aim of enabling Klaksvík to adapt to a more diverse and globalised world. It includes the implementation of a curriculum for Faroese language learning for foreigners, organising various cultural events throughout the year and offering immigrants opportunities for entrepreneurship.

    “When we developed this policy we connected with several of the foreigners who live in Klaksvík, asked them about how it was living there and what they think should be done differently,” Skorheim explains.

    One of those consulted was Kinga Eysturland, a Polish immigrant who has been living in the Faroe Islands for the past seven years and is a member of the Klaksvík Integration Committee, a body set up under Klaksvíkar Kommuna.

    While living and studying in Copenhagen, Eysturland met her husband, who is a naturalised Faroese. She now owns and runs a guesthouse and spa salon in Klaksvík, and explains that most immigrants in the Faroes regard language as the biggest barrier to integration, something she identifies with. Her biggest challenge is not being part of a Faroese family.

    “My husband is originally Russian, which means that neither of us has any relatives in the Faroes,” she says. “Having a Faroese spouse and being a part of a Faroese clan is crucial to be able to integrate successfully. The Faroese society is still very tribal, nepotism is common and without having any Faroese connections, things like getting a job or making local friends are difficult.”

    Rainer Latupeirissa, a construction worker from Indonesia who has been living in the Faroe Islands for 10 years having married a Faroese woman, echoes the sentiment about linguistic barriers.

    “The biggest challenge has been the language. It is not even close to my mother tongue,” he says. “My hope for the future is that the government’s language course can be improved, even to the extent that people are able to get a Faroese language diploma of some level; perhaps to be able to use that to study further in the Faroes.”

    While the Faroe Islands governs the majority of its domestic affairs through its own parliament, immigration controls remain under the remit of Danish authorities. It’s a role the Faroese government is seeking to acquire but, for now, it must settle for controlling who is allowed to work in the country but not who passes through its borders.

    Poul Michelsen, the Faroese minister of foreign affairs and trade, says his government’s integration policy is still very much a work in progress, despite having a head start on other European countries.

    "If you are to ask me, ‘are we doing enough?’ I’d say no,” he says. “It’s about at least trying to update [the policy] and continue to do so in the future because, of course, the consequences of not [doing so] is what has happened in other countries and we don’t want to experience that. We are aware of it, and we are aware that [immigrants] have been a very good support to society. They work hard, they are good citizens and we don’t seem to have any kind of opposition to them.”

    The lack of any real opposition might come down to the fact that, at present, we are still talking about relatively small numbers. Perhaps it has something to do with the Faroes’ own history of emigration, which gives locals an understanding of the plight of immigrants to their own shores.

    According to Michelsen, the Faroese are among the most flexible workers in Europe and know a thing or two about having to relocate in order to find a better life.

    “We are very used to going abroad and also we have lots of people working in the navy and on oil rigs, working as fishermen and working on freight ships all over the world,” he says. “So I think we are very much aware of how to adapt in that way. That’s what gives us an understanding of why other people also want to come here.”

    While the flow of migrants to the Faroe Islands is increasing, the numbers remain manageable. What the government wants to ensure is that sufficient measures are in place to help these people integrate seamlessly into society. Michelsen, and others like him, view this immigration as something positive that will help enrich and develop Faroese society.

    “It’s important that we have people from different parts of the world,” he says. “I see it as a quality. Of course, there is a limit for everything – so a good balance of people coming from other countries to the Faroes, that’s the intention for us.”
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    “It’s important that we have people from different parts of the world,” he says. “I see it as a quality. Of course, there is a limit for everything – so a good balance of people coming from other countries to the Faroes, that’s the intention for us.”

    Damn it, they never learn. "It's our greatest strength!". If that was true, why have the most successful societies usually been homogeneous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    Damn it, they never learn. "It's our greatest strength!". If that was true, why have the most successful societies usually been homogeneous?
    What I have heard is that too many girls are moving to Denmark (as becoming adult age ... looking for more opportunities), but same age men (instead) are staying there and looking for foreign women incl. Asians.

    I wonder is Faroe Islands standard of livings higher or lower vs Finland?

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    A shame to see Faroe Islands wanting to go down the same path as every other Western country who have messed itself up with multiculturalism. It seem every country think everyone else in Europe are complete imbeciles, who just aren't smart enough to come up with the 'perfect' immigration and integration scheme. The first one's out in modern times, England and France, started their mass-importations in the 60s, and starting reaping their rewards some decades later. Then Germany and Scandinavia thought this seemed like a "good idea", and followed suit, with the exact same results. And somehow, people in secluded and not-yet defiled places can't seem to get the picture.

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    Damn it, they never learn. "It's our greatest strength!".
    This proposition is almost never challenged in public. It is taken as an inalienable truth, and the only thing that is up for debate is how much diversity we can possibly have before society starts crumbling as a result. No one is ever put on the line for uttering such moronic phrases, and being forced to actually put forth arguments and empirical evidence that supports their claim. Nationalists of the West, on the other hand, are first obliged to argument that they exists as an ethnic group, and then that we should be allowed to even think about our own group interests, and then that the current migrant policies and population replacements are detrimental to us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    This proposition is almost never challenged in public. It is taken as an inalienable truth, and the only thing that is up for debate is how much diversity we can possibly have before society starts crumbling as a result. No one is ever put on the line for uttering such moronic phrases, and being forced to actually put forth arguments and empirical evidence that supports their claim. Nationalists of the West, on the other hand, are first obliged to argument that they exists as an ethnic group, and then that we should be allowed to even think about our own group interests, and then that the current migrant policies and population replacements are detrimental to us.
    The diversity agenda is not even proportional; when natives/whites are under-represented on TV/film or in sport, few protest. The idea seems to be that whites must redeem themselves for 'oppressing' coloureds in the past. Some of the racial 'equality' proponents obviously want revenge!

    With immigration, there is an obsession with the economy, and the issue of identity rarely enters the debate.

    I think the first important principle to establish is that it is normal to prefer one's own kind and that preference does not mean prejudice or 'hate' (the use of that word really annoys me).

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