Monday, December 21, 2015

Denmark plans to rob refugees

The Syrian refugee crisis has brought out the best in some countries. Germany has opened its borders, Canada its hearts. Denmark, OTOH, is different: they plan to rob refugees at the border:

An MEP from Denmark’s centre-right ruling party has defected in protest at government plans to seize valuables from refugees to help fund their stay in the country.

Denmark has mainly been a transit country for refugees, and the minority Liberal government hopes to deter more from seeking asylum by taking valuables or cash worth more than 3,000 Danish crowns (£290) during border searches.


The immigration reform bill, which has yet to be approved by parliament, would give authorities “the power to search the clothing and luggage of asylum-seekers and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark with a view to finding assets which may cover expenses,” the immigration ministry said.

Denmark expects 20,000 asylum seekers this year, compared with almost 200,000 expected by Sweden. Many of the refugees passing through Denmark this year have been bound for its neighbour.

There's an obvious and unpleasant historical comparison here - but apparently that's the sort of country Denmark is now: one which robs the helpless for its own profit.