Aygun Uzunlar: How dangerous do you think the right-wing parties are in Denmark at the moment? Do you think that media and population support them?
Aygun Uzunlar: Is the project still there to finance Turks to leave the country? Is this just a political debate or a concrete offer to Turks to leave Denmark? How do you feel when you read proposals like this?
Kamil Subaşı: There is no special project for Turkish people in Denmark. But, yes there is a legislation which offers money for all immigrants if they voluntarily give up their legal residency and move “home”. There are age and legal status limits in this legislation. It does not include all the immigrants in Denmark but mostly the retired ones. I think the state of Denmark tries to save some money on old immigrants.
Aygun Uzunlar: How are the religious rights of Turks in Denmark in the fields of education, law, and equality?
Kamil Subaşı: Again, Turks has no special rights in Denmark. They are subject to all laws as rest of the population. However, the “Danish Turkish Islamic Foundation” is part of the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Turkey, (Diyanet) and is the largest Muslim organisation in Denmark. Islam is the largest minority religion in Denmark. More than 250,000 Muslims live in Denmark. The first mosque was built in Denmark in 1967 and the first Muslim private school was founded in 1978. Muslim female students have rights to wear headscarfs not just in Danish universities but also at high schools and primary schools.