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Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190072506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190072506.001.0001

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Illiberal versus Liberal State Branding and Public International Law

Illiberal versus Liberal State Branding and Public International Law

Denmark and the Approximation to Human(itarian) Rightlessness

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(p.207) Illiberal versus Liberal State Branding and Public International Law
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The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2018
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Anja Matwijkiw

Bronik Matwijkiw

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190072506.003.0010

This article examines the renaissance of Hannah Arendt’s thoughts on refugees and minorities and the post-2001 illiberal developments in Denmark—towards popular nationalism. Instrumentally, Denmark has adopted a strict course to avoid asylum-seekers from Syria and other countries whose populations cannot be squared with Danish value politics on account of their ethnic and religious ties. More precisely, the dual strategy that experts on Danish policymaking link with a “desire to avoid” refugees, asylum-seekers and foreigners in general has not only resulted in Denmark’s decision to copy the (increasingly popular) “Burqa IUBan” trend in Europe, but also to institutionalize a restrictive economic and social regime to prevent attractive protection conditions. The question is whether the political reference to the national interest warrants more than an admission to Arendt’s solution to the problem of rights for refugees and minorities. The article believes that this is the case.

Keywords:   Illiberal (re)branding, Denmark, Hannah Arendt, refugees, minorities, asylum-seekers

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