A new video campaign will ask the question that many immigrants ask themselves
By: Pauline Flora Agerley Bang
What is the definition of a Dane? Do you need to speak fluent Danish? How many years should you have lived here?
This was discussed Monday the 23rd of March when the editorial team behind New Times went to a kick-off meeting with 20 american students at the Danish Institute for study abroad (DIS). The two groups of foreigners are cooperating in making a campaign video with the title “Could I become a Dane?”
Freedom in Denmark
The asylum seekers from New Times were put in groups with American college students from DIS where they talked about the positive things about the Danish society. Negar from Iran told her group that: “In Iran women are not allowed to bike, so I love that I have that opportunity here”, the Americans looked shocked and it led to a conversation about freedom, healthcare and safety in Iran, America and Denmark.
The idea is to let the Danes know how it is to be a foreigner in their country, what is it to be a real Dane. The students and the asylum seekers will create a list of statements concerning what they like about Denmark. These statements will be read aloud in front of the camera in April.
The campaign will be revealed here at www.newtimes.dk on the 28th of April.