Denmark: a controversial bill consider seizing valuables of refugees
Danish parliament is to discuss a controversial bill planning to search asylum seekers’ belongings and to confiscate items worth upwards of 1.000 Kroner and cash above 10.000 Kroner (1340 Euros), though items of sentimental value will be spared.
Aiming to finance part of the resettling’ costs, the bill is supported by the ruling centre-right wing Venstre party as well as its right-wing allies and has been backed by a majority in Parliament. It is expected to pass the January 26 vote, despite comparison with Nazi Germany policies on Jews during the Holocaust.
Qualified of “the most misunderstood bill in Denmark’s history” by the Danish Prime Minister, given that a similar law is applicable to Danish citizens asking for unemployment benefits, the proposal has been condemned by the UN refugee agency and human rights defenders.
Moreover, considering that other dispositions of the bill would also delay the reunification of families or change the conditions to obtain a permanent residency, the UNHCR widely point out, beyond a potential non-respect of international conventions, an absence of “compassion, respect and solidarity” for refugees that lost almost everything they possess.
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