Danish History professor Uffe Østergaard has called for the construction of a wall around Europe due to the failure of the integration program for migrants.
In his opinion piece for Publiken daily, Ostergaard wrote:
“After World War II, there was a strong belief that the Nordic welfare state model was so robust and attractive that it could integrate all ‘strangers’
“The time has come to build walls with wire fences in four lanes, floodlights and guard posts.”
The professor explained that a border wall with wire fences in four lanes, floodlights and watchtowers is necessary to protect Europe. He strongly feels that if the borders remain open, there will be a split between Eastern, Western and Southern Europe:
“Protecting borders is necessary; otherwise, the population will rebel against the government.”
The professor also believes that the rise of the no-go ghettos all over Europe is an indication that integration has failed and politicians should admit that their program has failed.
He stated in his piece, “Ghettos are a good example of parallel societies that arise. The integration has not failed for everyone, but for relatively many people.”
The professor admitted that he used to favor multiculturalism but after seeing the consequences of integration he reversed his position. He now believes that the assimilation of migrants and adoption of “Lutheran values” will be better for all.
Uffe Østergaard (74) is a Danish historian specializing in European identity history. He is a Jean Monnet professor of European civilization and integration at Aarhus University and is professor of European and Danish history at Copenhagen Business School.
He served as the head of the department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Danish Institute for International Studies.
Østergaard’s works revolved around multicultural and multiethnic states, including Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. He authored, “The Faces of Europe” (1992) and “Europe: Identity and Identity Politics” (1998). He has also contributed to introducing counterfactual history in Denmark.