New legislation which has been described as a ‘paradigm shift’ by its exponents in Denmark’s refugee and asylum policy was passed by parliament on Thursday.
The key aspect of this bill is its change in focus from integration to future repatriation in Denmark’s approach to ‘refugees‘ and asylum seekers, including UN quota refugees and others who do not have permanent status.
Inger Støjberg, Minister for Immigration and Integration, stated that she did not know how many refugees would be sent back to their home countries because of the new legislation.
“We expect a tangible effect. But this is obviously not something we can put a figure on,” she noted in parliament.
The Social Democrats, the largest opposition party, voted in favour of the bill in spite of having stated that they did not agree with parts of it, such as a reduction in a social welfare benefit, which people who are granted asylum are given.
How surprising that a Leftist party would oppose doing away with the one thing that is acting as the biggest magnet of aliens to Europe: wellfare benefits.
Mattias Tesfaye, the party’s spokesperson for immigration, said he supported the general concept of moving towards a temporary status for all refugees. Promising news for the Danish folk.
“People will be given the more honest message that their stay in Denmark is temporary,” Tesfaye explained.
The ‘paradigm shift’ is the term used to describe government and the Danish People’s Party policy and law changes which have sought to reduce the number of refugees who remain in Denmark permanently.
Refugees should be sent home when conditions in their countries of origin are deemed safe enough for this to occur, according to the policy.
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