No repeat of Danish naturalization test for those who failed

A required test to become a citizen in Denmark, which more than two-thirds of participants failed in June, won't be repeated despite critique that it was too difficult, Danish newspaper Politiken reported on Wednesday.

Opposition politicians and experts called the test questions "absurd" and "stupid."

The questions included facts like what the ballet La Sylphide is about, which Danish restaurant has three Michelin stars since February and what year the first Olsen Gang movie premiered in.

The European Union has been struggling to bring migration under control after more than 1 million people arrived in Europe last year, with many fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East and seeking to settle in wealthy northern European countries.

The Danish government has come under criticism for its strict immigration policies, including a law that allows authorities to seize assets from asylum seekers to be used to pay for their stays in the country.

"People were too poorly prepared [for the test]," Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg told broadcaster DR on Tuesday.

Nevertheless the test will be changed to some extent before December, she added.

"The question about the Olsen Gang is definitely one of the questions that has to be corrected a bit," she said, referring to the series of movies that were made in the 1960s to 1990s.

Those who failed the June test will have to wait until December for the next chance to take the exam.

Last update: Wed, 06/07/2016 - 19:38
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