Copenhagen, 22.january – Danish MPs forced the government to look for ways to move refugees to camps outside of towns. This move comes at a time when legislators finalized a loaw that provides for the seizure of money and items of refugees whose values exceed $1,450.
The resolution, adopted in the Danish Parliament on Thursday, obliges the government to make sense of a plan to build refugee villages outside cities by March, writes Reuters.
At this moment, most refugee families live in cities, but a number of campsites with tents already exist, is raised for migrant men.
Migrants who are living in such camps have expressed concern that a new proposal – in order to ease the pressure on cities and smaller targets in which the accommodation capacities are running out – can eventually create a refugee ghetto.
“We come from the land of death and destruction. During our journey to Europe, we buried our friends in the Sahara sand, watched many disappearing in the waters of the Mediterranean. We only want peace, a good life and be a part of the Danes,” said Abrahim Tekle, 28 , from Eritrea for Extra Bladet daily.
“Isolation in refugee villages, without proper contact with the Danes, means we learn Danish and get a job, and that will have great consequences,” said Abrahim’s friend friend Fiti for this newspaper.
In the meantime, Denmark is a step closer to the implementation of the proposal to seize money and other valuables for refugees whose amount of bribe amounts exceeds 10,000 kuna ($ 1,450) – with the exception of items of sentimental value, such as wedding rings. In the fourth quarter, Danish lawmakers completed the final reading of this draft without any amendments. It is expected that the law will be voted on 26. January.
“The international community has to invite Denmark and warn it that it has entered the race to the bottom. Denmark was one of the first champions countries of the Refugee Convention, but its government now brazenly puts barriers to the safety of refugee families,” said Gauri van Gulik, Deputy Director of Amnesty International for Europe and Central Asia, commenting on proposed legal solutions.
In addition, Denmark plans that refugees in the future expect three, instead of one year, to join their family members who remained in war-torn countries.
Some Danish nightclubs, after women’s harassment complaints, introduced “linguistic controls” and demanded that visitors, if they want to learn, prove that they can speak Danish, German or English. On Thursday, Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen appeared before the UN Human Rights Council to defend the immigration policy from insights into the human rights situation in Denmark since 2011. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and sharply criticized the law, he could “foster the fear (s) of xenophobia” and lead to violations of international law.
In spite of the increasing international irritation of Denmark’s plans, Inger Stojberg, Minister of Integration, repeatedly reiterated that “Denmark’s immigration policy decides in Denmark, not in Brussels.”
According to the survey, 37 percent (almost twice as much as in September 2015.) Danes oppose the idea of taking any number of new refugees. Last year, Denmark received a record 20,000 asylum seekers, which is still almost ten times less than in Sweden.