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.
Social media reacts:
Refugees fleeing persecution required to hand over valuables upon entering Denmark. Is this best way to show compassion & human solidarity ?
— Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) January 27, 2016
Dear World, We apologize for our governments actions. We will throw them out as soon as possible. /Decent people in Denmark.
— Poul-Henning Kamp (@bsdphk) January 27, 2016
I have a strong stomach but I'm appalled at Denmark's new treatment of refugees. Expel Venstre from ALDE plz.
— Rich Clare (@RichBJC) January 27, 2016
@Denice_K Why is Denmark taking the money of immigrants fleeing terrorists? This doesn't seem right to me.
— The Dude (@DrunkCosmology) January 26, 2016