Denmark has been ranked as the happiest country in the world, featuring polite citizens who cling to their culture. As the refugee crisis continues, however, many feel that this traditional Danish way of life is being threatened by Muslim immigrants who won’t assimilate. One man who previously felt open about inviting refugees to the country proclaims that he has now become a racist, as thousands of Syrians and Iraqis enter Denmark’s largest cities.

Many refugees are working diligently to learn the language, adhere to customs, and become part of Danish society. Many Danes, however, continue to worry about terrorism and a loss of culture. Denmark is just one example of an EU country that has become more closed-off as a result of the refugee crisis, and continues to hold to national identity above all else.

The idea of nations is still very new if you look at it over the course of history. Nationalism has only really been a factor over the last few centuries, and it is an idea created by governments and maintained by the people. The refugee crisis is going to be resolved any time soon, and as it continues, questions continue to emerge. Is national identity the most important part of an identity? Can you still be a part of a nation if you look or act differently than the majority of the population? At what point do you decide that a person has assimilated, or can they ever?

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