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>> This is how you become Danish. A handshake with an official is now a compulsory last step on the naturalization process. These nine newcomers are the first to do it, in this case with the Immigration Minister. A handshake is an important part of Danish values, the government says, and no one who refuses can be Danish.
Smiles all around, but there are fears about the law, says Reuters Emil Gjedring Nielson in Copenhagen.>> Their law has especially been criticized for reaching the country's right to religious freedom. Especially pertaining to people of the Islamic faith who are not permitted to shake the hands or touch people of the opposite sex.
Though not all comply with this rule.>> It's the latest of a string of laws clamping down on immigration. Last year, Denmark banned wearing the Muslim face veil in public, and it approved a plan to hold foreign criminals on a tiny island, despite UN criticism. Most controversial was a 2106 jewelry bill, allowing police to confiscate refugee's valuables to help pay their costs.
It's going down well with voters though.>> This year Denmark will hold an election which will once again see immigration at the top of the agenda. Though not many expect the immigration stance the country has taken in the recent years to change.>> Skandar Khan, who was born in Afghanistan, said he didn't mine the handshake.
>> No, I don't. It's Danish law, and I think it's nice the way they do it. So for me, it's fine.>> But the stringent rules for immigrants are challenging Denmark's reputation, as an easy going place. A heaven for progressive laws.>>