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Democracy Day, EU and the Refugee Crisis


After going to a sporting event in Dragør, a largely right-wing municipality south of Copenhagen, Senior Fellow Madeeha Mehmood overheard local Danish youth engage in “locker room talk,” acting out the normalized racism and xenophobia seen too prevalently in Denmark today.

With recent statistics showing that Danish youth are increasingly opposed to the European Union, Madeeha wanted “to show students in this predominately right-wing town that the EU might be beneficial and could solve the so-called ‘refugee crisis.'”

Madeeha and colleagues staged a European Union role-play for a day, giving students in Dragør the opportunity to participate in the political process of solving an issue and humanitarian crisis that transcends borders. This included introduction the EU, the bodies, as well as the topics the EU deals with.Through this process, “we hope to teach and give them insight into the topic and complexities surrounding it.” By role-playing, students will be able to experience themselves the difficulty of the European Union’s work and make Europe’s largest bureaucratic institution feel tangible, despite not being old enough to remember why it was created.

“I wanted to challenge them and present more nuanced points of views they may not get elsewhere.”

Partner Organizations

Senior Fellow Madeeha Mehmood would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support: