The Danish-German police cooperation cross Danish-German land border in Schleswig-/South Jutland

Bidragets oversatte titel: Det dansk-tyske politisamarbejde over den dansk-tyske landegrænse i Sønderjylland-Slesvig

Gerd Battrup

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The Danish-German police cooperation cross Danish-German land border in Schleswig-/South Jutland

The level of cross-border migration in the Danish-German border has always been quite high besides a few years after the end of WWII, where the border was almost hermetically closed for most citizens including members of the national minorities. However, the 'opening' of the now 'internal EU border' after the Danish implementation of the Schengen Agreement in March 2001 as well as a massive growth in the demand of labour in South Jutland from 2004-2009, led to a rapid increase in the cross-border traffic and migration and presumably also to intensified cross-border regional integration in terms of both scope of cross-border relations as well as the intensity of cross-border relationships (Levring, Lyck, Olshov & Karringer 2005). The number of cross-border job commuters rose from about 3000 in 2001 to 20,000 in 2008, thousands of Danes have moved to South Schleswig (Germany) and even more Germans have moved to North Schleswig/South Jutland (Denmark). The intensified cross-border integration includes the majority populations (including the national minorities) as well as ethnic minorities (more than 10 percent of the population in the border-region are non-EU citizens) and individuals with access to many resources as well as socially marginalised groups.
The Europeanisation processes seem in general to have led to a rise in transnational crime that in large runs along the networks of highways in the region, but besides this there also seems to a slight rise in regional cross-border crime. The crime rate among Danish citizens living in Schleswig-Holstein is relatively high (145), while the crime-rate among German citizens living in Denmark is low (50). The difference can be explained in different patterns of migration. A larger number of Danish bikers, including members of Hell's Angels have for instance in the recent years moved to Schleswig-Holstein. Danish and German police co-operate on combating gang related crime including crime committed by gangs of bikers. However, while Germany allows Danish police to co-operate on German ground, Danish police refuses German police to participate in actions taking place in Denmark.
Based on a theoretical framework emphasising social constructivism and institutional theory the paper will try to analyse the reluctance in Danish national police to more formalised or institutionalised co-operation with German police, while it at the same time is open to close informal or 'pragmatic' co-operation
Bidragets oversatte titelDet dansk-tyske politisamarbejde over den dansk-tyske landegrænse i Sønderjylland-Slesvig
Publikationsdato18. okt. 2010
StatusUdgivet - 18. okt. 2010
Begivenhedcolloque transfrontalier, cross-border colloquy 18/19.10.2010 - Strasbourg, Frankrig
Varighed: 18. okt. 201019. okt. 2010


Konferencecolloque transfrontalier, cross-border colloquy 18/19.10.2010


  • grænse, politi, grænseoverskridende politisamarbejde, regional integration, europæisk integration, Schengen