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Danish Discos Ban Refugees and Migrants for Harassing Women

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Nightclubs in the Danish towns of Sonderborg and Haderslev have stopped letting in refugees and migrants after complaints that they were harassing women, Denmark's TV Syd reported.

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Nightclubs in Sonderborg and Haderslev in southern Denmark have stopped allowing in refugees and migrants because female visitors were being harassed, Denmark's TV Syd reported last week.

Old army barracks in the town of Sonderborg were converted into a reception center for 700 refugees around a year and a half ago. Refugees and migrants, mostly single men, also began arriving in Haderslev in 2014. Since then, say the proprietors of local nightclubs, there has been a notable change in the local nightlife. 

"It must be said, that a large part of our male visitors who come here from the local asylum center find it very difficult to respect the opposite sex," Glenn Hollender, owner of the Den Flyvende Hollænder nightclub in Sonderborg, told TV Syd.

Den Flyvende Hollænder is one of three nightclubs in the town that requires its visitors to be able to speak Danish, English or German.

"It is clear that if we ask male visitors to leave a girl alone, they must understand what we mean. There were simply too many instances when they ignored our requests to leave the female guests alone," said Hollender.

Rafi Ibrahim, a Syrian who has lived in Denmark for many years, told TV Syd that many refugees and migrants do not understand the culture they have arrived in.

"Many of the refugees and asylum seekers who visit nightclubs at the weekend don't know the rules. If they see a girl, they run amok. They simply can't handle it. They try to pull at the girls' clothes or grope her."

"In Syria and many other countries it's not normal if a girl you don't know smiles at you. The girls that they pestered were not dressed provocatively, or drunk. Sometimes it's just that they are girls," said Ibrahim.

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Following TV Syd's report, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten asked women in Sonderborg about their experiences of local nightclubs since the arrival of refugees and migrants in the area. 

"Who should asylum seekers learn standards of behavior from?" asked the women.

They complained that despite the numerous reports about the problematic behavior of migrants towards women, they face more harassment from young Danish men.

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