Sometimes finding the proper terminology can be tricky: Should we talk about “immigrant candidates”, “candidates with an ethnic background” (obviously, Danes are not ethnic), “New-Danes” (I’m not making this one up) or what?
Anyway, the 2001 election saw the first immigrant/ethnic/New-Danish candidates elected to the Danish Folketing: Naser Khader (Palestinian) for the Social Liberals and Kamal Qureshi (Pakistani) for the Socialist Party. The first [insert adjective] to serve in parliament was Lone Yalcinkaya (Turkish) who was a deputy member for Mimi Jakobsen in 2000. Hüseyn Arac (Turkish) was elected for the Social Democrats in 2005.
This time, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid (Unity List, Palestinian) and Naser Khader (now of New Alliance) have drawn most of the media attention but there are three other women who may be elected on Tuesday and who may even stand a better chance than Abdol-Hamid: Yildiz Akdogan (Turkish, Social Democrats), Özlem Sara Cekic (Kurdish, Socialists) and Lone Yalcinkaya (Turkish, now a Liberal candidate).
One thing worth noting is the apparent absence of candidates (male or female) with a background in ex-Yugoslavia.
Oh, and pollsters have a problem with immigrant groups. It is not unlikely that polls have underestimated support for the Unity List (and the Socialists?)