The Danish government continues to try to make Denmark a less preferred country for asylum seekers and refugees.
The Danish Immigration and Integration Department has interpreted the wording of a proposal which has broad support in the Danish parliament. Denmark is about to start confiscating and selling valuables asylum seekers bring along, according to Swedish Radio, citing the Danish newspaper Politiken.
Asylum seekers will be allowed to keep the wedding ring, the mobile phone and some cash. Other valuables will be sold and the remaining money seized to finance the cost of the asylum application.
The Department interprets the proposal so that the refugees are allowed to keep personal valuables such as the mobile phone, the wedding ring, the clock and cash up to 3,000 Danish kroner ($440). Any remaining valuables will be seized and sold, and the money is taken as payment for the asylum process.
- The proposal will apply only to those who carry a bag full of diamonds and seek refuge in Denmark, said Minister of Justice, Søren Pind, to Danmarks Radio recently.
- It is not fair to take from the taxpayers in Denmark to pay living conditions for asylum seekers who carries fortunes, says conservative Migration spokesman Naser Khader.
The government speaks openly that it hopes the new policy will send the signal that Denmark is not a good country to seek asylum in.
- To have police officers searching people's pockets and selling other people's stuff online, it is a bad signal to send, says a critical Jacob Land, president of the Socialist People's Party.
- If someone, after all, would come here with a lot of money, it's here in Denmark the money will be used, he says to Politiken.
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