With his background as a social worker and his previous comments on integration, it may not have come as a big surprise that Manu Sareen (R) was picked as the new integration minister as part of the latest government shake-up. But the Indian-born politician has already proven to be a controversial choice.
He is not only meeting criticism from opposition parties Venstre and Dansk Folkeparti. Various Socialdemokraterne mayors are concerned about the direction of Sareen's policy.
Open to pork ban
Sareen had just taken over his new ministry when he made his first controversial remark by wading into last year's 'meatball wars'. He told Politiken newspaper that it should be up to every council, daycare institution and hospital to decide whether to ban pork for the sake of the Muslim minority.