In Greenland, the rich is the priority - not the poor and homeless

In Greenland, the rich is the priority - not the poor and homeless

01.05.2018

New article about the lack
of social policy in Greenland

New article about the lack of social policy in Greenland

By Steven Arnfjord

In the article “Political neoconservatism in Greenland overshadows open social policies” (the article is in Danish) I review the lack of action for those who need the most help in Greenland: the poor and homeless.

In Greenland, poverty and homelessness are more and more evident among the adult part of our population .. but we are far from good enough to cope with the problems - we are simply not adept enough to help our fellow human beings.

In the article I argue (perhaps a little provocatively) that the way we try to help our poor and homeless people - it is not by involving those affected. No, we try to help from a populist perspective, where our main focus is on the so-called "welfare society of the bourgeoisie".

This is what the article calls the neoconservative focus in today's Greenland.

Generally stated: in Greenland, we are mostly concerned with the bourgeoisie, when we try to help our poor and homeless fellow human beings.

In the article, I put forward some concrete suggestions on how to change this focus:

  • Our point of departure must always be those in need - they are not alike, and they do not have the same needs
  • We must develop modern and comprehensive social policies - which also include those who need the most help
  • We must develop a homelessness strategy

In short, we have to turn our backs to the current neoconservative focus - and go towards being far more inclusive, where we work for the individual in need. 

Because - if we do not change our focus, we risk that more people will be in need in the future.



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