Danish government wants to steal refugees’ jewellery

This video from Denmark says about itself:

On November 10, 2011, a group of Afghan refugees and Danish sympathizers arranged a demonstration in front of the Danish parliament, Christiansborg, to protest against the unjust Danish asylum system. This is an interview with one of the spokespersons of the demonstration.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Refugee crisis: Denmark wants to seize jewellery and cash from asylum seekers

The government is considering a law giving authorities ‘the power to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers

Rick Noack

In recent months, Denmark has taken a fairly harsh stance toward refugees. In September, for example, authorities published an ad in Lebanese newspapers carrying an unmistakable message to foreigners who might think about seeking asylum: Don’t come to Denmark.

Now, the country is debating another and even more extreme step: The government is considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate jewellery from refugees entering the country. The proposal is almost certain to pass parliament.

“It is pretty telling about the current Danish policies that [some] are not quite sure whether this is a hoax or not,” said Zachary Whyte, an asylum and integration researcher at the University of Copenhagen. In this case, it’s real.

“The bill presented on 10 December 2015 provides the Danish authorities with the power to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers — and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark — with a view to finding assets which may cover the expenses,” the Danish ministry of integration said in an email to The Washington Post. …

There were discrepancies in how the two main political parties are interpreting the proposed law. “Absurdly, the minister of justice initially explained the law on television by saying that it would apply to a hypothetical asylum seeker arriving with a suitcase full of diamonds. This prompted the [racist] Danish People’s Party to point out that items of smaller value should also be impounded,” Whyte said.

He thinks there is no need for the law. “Asylum seekers generally do not arrive in Denmark with large amounts of cash and jewellery,” he said.

The proposal “has been branded petty and cruel, and some opponents have asked whether the government would also be taking out asylum seekers’ gold fillings,” Whyte said. The idea of seizing jewellery from people who are fleeing has a particularly bitter connotation in Europe, where the Nazis confiscated large amounts of gold and other valuables from Jews and others. …

This video is called NAZI GOLD Jewellery Worth £ 250m. Stolen During World War II.

However, critics say that Denmark has tried hard to portray itself as a destination few refugees would want to go to. Recently, the Danish government cut social benefits for refugees by up to 50 percent.

Denmark Wants to Take Jewelry From Syrian Refugees: here.

Danish MEP quits ruling party over plan to seize refugees’ valuables. Jens Rohde says centre-right Liberals are pandering to anti-immigrant Danish People’s party, on whose support it depends in parliament: here.

Danes Buy Ads Apologizing For Government’s Anti-Migrant Stance. “A statement from people to people: Sorry for the hostility towards refugees expressed here”: here.

Switzerland joins Denmark in seizing assets from refugees to cover costs: here.

Governments and authorities in Europe are stepping up their persecution of refugees with breath-taking speed. They are no longer refraining from adopting measures that recall the policies of Germany’s National Socialists. Last week, the Danish right-wing Liberal Party, which forms the government, presented a bill to parliament that permits border guards to confiscate money and valuables from refugees entering the country. To this end, the personal belongings of refugees will be searched and money or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner (€1,340, $1,460) will be taken: here.

Denmark’s right-wing Venstre (Liberal) Party government led by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen initiated a debate on a bill in parliament last week on legislation permitting the country’s border guards to seize money and personal belongings of refugees seeking asylum in the country: here.

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