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Danish minister's call to report illegal pizza bakers leaves bitter taste

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By Everton Gayle
Danish minister's call to report illegal pizza bakers leaves bitter taste

Danish Integration Minister Inger Støjberg has suggested that Danes inform the authorities if they suspect that their local pizzeria is employing an illegal immigrant.

Støjberg said she would “encourage” citizens to tell the police if they felt something strange was going on at their local eaterie, such as if they noticed that employers did “not speak Danish at all”.

“We must not accept people living illegally in Denmark,” she said.

The minister felt this was a good idea as it was impossible for police to check “all the backrooms of pizza restaurants”.

Her remarks caused the hashtag “report-a-pizzeria” to go viral.

“Vanløse Pizzaria makes good pizzas, but their French fries are the best.”

“Pizza Nordic on Gothersgade/Nørre Farimagsgade makes the best bacon/potato-pizza. Try it, Inger”

Her comments follow reports from Danish TV2 that the number of illegal immigrants living in the country had jumped from 877 to 1,348 last year.

Støjberg last year defended a government initiative to charge refugees for their stay at refuge centres.

The draft law proposed allowing police to confiscate cash over 3,000 kroner (400 euros) and take refugees’ jewellery.

After the proposals sparked international condemnation and drew comparisons to the Nazi policy of seizing gold during the Second World War, she hit back on Facebook saying officials would not take objects of sentimental value, such as wedding rings and mobile phones.

“There is no reason to criticise, since it is already the case that if you as a Dane have valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner it may be required that they are sold before you can receive unemployment benefits,” she said.