Danish High School Is Separating Students By Ethnicity

Isabella Ohlmeyer
A secondary school and gymnasium in Aarhus, Denmark, has decided to separate Danish nationals from immigrants in its classrooms, stirring controversy over its racism.

Rather than creating a sense of unity for students, one Danish school has decided to segregate students.

Langkær Gymnasium & HF, a school in Aarhus, Denmark, is receiving backlash for separating ethnic Danish students from immigrants and their descendants, Jyllands-Posten reports.

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The school’s policy applies to refugees, children born abroad, and students who grew up in Denmark, but whose parents migrated from abroad, according to The Washington Post.

Eighty percent of the high school's students are children of migrant parents.

Four classes are filled with immigrants and their descendants and three other classes have Danish students with surnames such as Jensen and Hansen.

Niels Egelund, a professor at Aarhus University, said, “I know that it may sound racist, but you have to create an environment where Danish children are not the minority.”

National President Jette Moller disagreed with the school’s policy and said, “It is pure discrimination, when you sort people according to whether they are white or brown Danes.”

“If I were president, I would do the exact same,” Egulund said.

Human rights activists became outraged once they heard the news of the ethnic division occurring at the Danish high school.

Nanna Krusaa, a lawyer for the Institute of Human Rights, said, “If you place students solely on race or ethnicity, it is my clear assessment illegal.”

This Danish school needs to meet and speak to both the parents and students at the school to reassess whether the decision they made is a form of discrimination or not. 

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