Denmark Votes On Migrant Assets Bill

The Danish parliament will on Tuesday vote on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep. The proposal drew … Continue reading Denmark Votes On Migrant Assets Bill


denmark policeThe Danish parliament will on Tuesday vote on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep.

The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when it was announced earlier this month.

The BBC reported that Danish authorities insisted the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim benefits.

With broad cross-party support, the bill looks set to pass into law.

The government would also vote on another controversial proposal – delaying family reunifications for refugees and migrants in an attempt to discourage them from travelling to the country.

Denmark expects to receive around 20,000 asylum seekers in 2016, compared to 15,000 last year.

Amnesty International had said that war refugees would face “an impossible choice” if the waiting period to apply to bring over their family was increased from one year to three.

“Either bring children and other loved ones on dangerous, even lethal journeys, or leave them behind and face a prolonged separation,” said Amnesty spokesperson, Gauri van Gulik.

Thousands of refugees and other migrants had arrived in Denmark this year, many of them in transit to Sweden, after arriving illegally by sea in southern Europe.

Several EU states said on Monday that they plan to prolong temporary border controls introduced in recent months for as many as two years, in order to reduce the number of migrants entering from neighbouring nations.

The announcement came after a meeting of EU interior ministers in Amsterdam.