Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Denmark OKs bill to seize assets from refugees

Too late, perhaps but's a start.

The story comes from Times of India.

Denmark OKs bill to seize assets from refugees

COPENHAGEN: Denmark's parliament passed measures on Tuesday aimed at deterring refugees from seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their stay, despite protests from international human rights organisations.

The measures, which also include extending family reunification among refugees from one year to three years, are the latest sign that the Nordic welcome for refugees is waning as large numbers flee war in Africa and West Asia for a better life in Europe.

The "jewellery bill" is the latest attempt by Denmark's minority centre-right government to curb immigration to a country that took in a record 20,000 refugees last year. Under the bill, refugees could keep possessions amounting to $1,450. Valuables of special emotional value such as wedding rings will be exempt.

During a three and a half hour debate, dissenting voices from left parties were heard. Denmark isn't the only Nordxic country trying to shut its doors to migrants. Sweden, which took in over 160,000 refugees last year, introduced checks on its border to Denmark at the start of the year.

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