Denmark has received widespread condemnation for passing a controversial law, aimed at discouraging refugees from seeking asylum. The law approves the confiscation of refugees’ valuables, although items of sentimental value such as wedding rings will be exempt.

According to RT, asylum seekers arriving in Denmark will be compelled to surrender “cash exceeding 10,000 kroner (US$1,450) and any personal items valued at more than that amount. This is more than three times the 3,000 kroner ($435) that was originally proposed”.

The confiscated funds and personal items will help fund the refugees’ stay.

The new law which has been criticised as “despicable,” harsh and “cruel”, reportedly prevent refugees from applying to be reunited with their family for three years, while Syrian war refugees will only be given one year’s protection.

Rights groups have condemned the new legislation and social media has been awash with messages lambasting the law as violating refugees’ rights and questioning whether the law is the right way to deal with the issue.

Parallels are being drawn between the new Danish refugees legislation and the manner in which Nazi Germany treated Jews during World War II.

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Source: RT