Denmark plans to confiscate refugee jewelry to pay for social services

Denmark passed a law that will allow the state to confiscate jewelry from refugees in order according to Sweden’s STV.

Sören Pind, Denmark’s Denmark’s Justice and Immigration Minister, suggested taking from refugees the money required to support refugees. However, the asylum seekers will be allowed to keep their wedding ring, €300, and their personal cell phone. This sets a precedent. Still, this is only part of the legislative package; any transport agency will also have to check refugee papers, or face a penalty of €1,700, demanding train, bus, or car operators to perform the work of border control officers.

Enforcing the law will be a challenge. According to the Danish Immigration Service (DIS), the asylum seekers population in Denmark is surging, but is minuscule compared to Sweden’s.

The idea, as presented, is to have armed men seize refugees’ personal belongings an argument that could then be made for a variety of public services provided, presumably raiding legal concerns. There are of course precedents. In the US it is called Civil Asset Forfeiture, but as part of an immigration policy this has been the first such measure in Europe.

Following elections in June, the so-called, “Centre-right” government in Denmark depends on the support of the far right Danish People’s Party (DF). The price for their support is now becoming apparent. DF has more seats than Venstre, the party whose leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

The Danish government has since launched The Danish government launched successive anti-refugee campaigns to discourage refugees from seeking asylum in Denmark. The latest one was in October.

But, anti-immigration rhetoric resonates with Denmark’s left as well. The former Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt was, paradoxically for a country that opposes a common asylum-policy, nominated for the chair of UNCHR’s by the “Center-right” Danish government.

In June, Helle Thorning Schmidt, spent a good time of the campaign explaining how she planned to reduce the number of asylum seekers in Denmark and run an anti-immigration campaign featuring posters bearing the motto “If you come to Denmark, you must work.”


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