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2016-01-29 05:26:48

Stripping refugees out of cash: Danish Govt the worst on the earth

 

Dan

The Danish parliament has approved a controversial law allowing authorities to seize refugees’ cash and valuables, and delay them being reunited with their families. After more than three hours of debate, the minority Liberal Party government’s bill was adopted by 81 votes to 27, with the support of the opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP). One politician abstained and 70 others were absent. Martin Henriksen, immigration spokesman for the populist DPP, used the debate to call for an extension of the border controls that have currently been introduced on a temporary basis. Denmark not so long ago a very vocal champion of refugee rights. Recently, however, it has taken stock of the implications of having registered during 2015 21,000 asylum applications against a population of 5.6 million people — making Denmark one of the top EU destinations per capita. And as a result, following a series of polls showing that some 70pc of Danes rank immigration as their top political concern, parliament approved on Tuesday legislation that has drawn widespread condemnation.International criticism is homing in on the plan for asylum seekers to be stripped of cash and items of value exceeding $1,450, and the fact that family reunification has been delayed to three years. From as high a forum as the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has come the observation that the bill passed by the Danish parliament — sadly enough, by a huge majority — violates several conventions on rights and refugees. The right-wing government of Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen is shrugging off the criticism, insisting that the country must take action, and that the world must come together to formulate a joint solution to the migrant crisis. The latter is unarguable. Even so, Denmark’s stance is opprobrious since it will further victimise the most hapless. It can only be hoped that the Scandinavian nation’s actions do not set a precedent for the inhumane treatment of those fleeing unbearable suffering.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

 

 

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