In extension of his visit to the year’s most important summit in the African Union, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen launches a new Danish country policy paper for Denmark’s engagement in South Sudan, one of the world’s most fragile countries.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, states:
“Denmark has been a loyal supporter of the South Sudanese – even before their independence from Sudan in 2011 – and I am pleased to announce Denmark’s continued support of the South Sudanese people’s efforts to build a unified and peaceful country”.
The government said it believes large numbers of migrants are still attempting to enter the Nordic country. The move comes as IOM reported over 67,000 people crossing into the EU in January with an increase in minors.
Danish Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg said Tuesday that Denmark will extend border controls on its frontier with Germany for an additional 20 days to February 23 in a bid to quell migration.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.
Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Wednesday 1/27/2016 - 11:33 GMT
Denmark and Switzerland on Wednesday joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travellers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.
"A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus," a hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday.
The new law, approved by the Danish parliament, will allow authorities to seize migrants' valuables and delay reunification of families. The government shrugged off international outrage over the move.
An overwhelming majority of lawmakers voted for the bill on Tuesday, including the ruling Liberals, their right-wing allies, and the main opposition party Social Democrats.
The Scandinavian nation needed a tough law on migration in order to curb the influx of refugees, according to the government.
Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 1/21/2016 - 13:25 GMT
by Nina LARSON
The UN's top human rights body took Denmark to task Thursday over its treatment of asylum seekers, with diplomats voicing alarm over rising xenophobia and a plan to seize valuables from migrants.
Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Thursday 1/21/2016 - 18:44 GMT |
As Denmark moved ahead with a bill on Thursday to curb the number of refugees, data showed the number of asylum claims in the Nordic countries had fallen sharply after border controls were introduced, according to the migration agencies of the various countries.
The Danish government implemented spot checks on its border with Germany on January 4, the same day neighbouring Sweden began requiring photo identification from all passengers on trains, buses and ferries from Denmark to stem the migrant influx.
Registration and entry limits
“Recent restrictive changes to asylum and immigration law in Denmark raise serious concerns of conformity with human rights standards. The government should reconsider them and ensure that law and practice fully comply with Denmark’s obligation to uphold refugee protection standards” said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a letter addressed to Ms Inger STØJBERG, Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing.
Brussels, 8 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is concerned at the recent news that Sweden has reinstated identity checks at its border with Denmark. Sweden has a long tradition of protecting refugees and defending human rights. In fact, in 2015, the country received the highest number of refugees per capita in the EU, approximately 163,000 asylum applications in total. Civil society and NGOs like JRS Sweden have worked to welcome the new arrivals.
Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Tuesday 1/12/2016 - 20:05 GMT
by Sören BILLING
A controversial Danish bill to seize migrants' valuables to pay for their stay in asylum centres looks set to pass in parliament after the government on Tuesday secured a parliamentary majority.
Parliament will on Wednesday begin a series of debates on the bill, ahead of a vote on January 26.
Danish volunteers have been working at the station for months, offering advice and help to returning refugees.
Copenhagen, Denmark - At the Central Station in Denmark's capital, 26-year-old Erkan Sari effortlessly lists the trains from the arrival board that are likely to be carrying refugees. He has been looking at this board almost daily for the past four months and knows well that those arriving from Germany, in particular, tend to be full.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Wednesday 1/6/2016 - 13:16 GMT |
Sweden and Denmark have agreed to lift temporary border checks as soon as possible but must first slow migrant flows, the EU said Wednesday after emergency talks Europe's passport-free Schengen zone.
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called the meeting after Denmark this week slapped spot checks on its border with Germany, and Sweden imposed its own controls on travellers from Denmark.
Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Tuesday 1/5/2016 - 15:05 GMT
The number of migrants arriving in southern Sweden from Denmark dropped sharply on the first day that Sweden imposed systematic ID checks on travellers, police said Tuesday.
Police in the southern Swedish region of Skane said they had registered just 48 migrants arriving in Sweden on Monday. Excluding New Year's Day, there had been at least 200 per day since December 29.
Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | 1/5/2016 - 01:51 GMT
by Sören BILLING
Denmark implemented spot checks on its border with Germany on Monday, in a move that triggered fresh concern for Europe's cherished Schengen passport-free zone hours after Sweden imposed its own controls on travellers from Denmark.
Alarmed by the restrictions, the latest in a spate of border controls imposed across Europe in the wake of a massive migrant influx to the continent, Berlin warned the 20-year-old Schengen zone was "in danger".
Baghdad, 24 December 2015– The Kingdom of Denmark has signed a US$3.3 million contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization projects in Iraq. Denmark’s generous contribution will be earmarked for three projects: Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance, Support to Security Sector Reform Phase II, and the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization.