Denmark has pursued increasingly restrictive immigration and asylum policies. During the past three years, the country has adopted some 70 immigration-related amendments aimed at intensifying restrictions, dramatically cut back its asylum recognition rate, and called for detaining as many failed refugees as possible. Observers have repeatedly criticised the penitentiary-like conditions of Denmark’s main immigration detention centre as well as inadequate efforts to identify victims of torture, who can be subject to detention.
The new law aims to cut total refugee numbers to no more than 500 a year
COPENHAGEN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Denmark will no longer automatically accept a quota of refugees under a U.N. resettlement programme after passing a law on Wednesday that enables the government to determine how many can enter each year.
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The Danish Refugee Appeals Board issued a decision yesterday to suspend transfers to Hungary under the Dublin Regulation in four cases.
(New York, May 3, 2017) – By endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, Denmark has become the 64th country to join a rapidly expanding community of states committed to protecting education during armed conflict, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).
Workshop explores integration of young refugees in Denmark and Middle East
International Alert, together with the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University in Denmark, recently organised a two-day workshop on the challenges and opportunities for meaningfully including Syrian refugees in host societies in Denmark and the Middle East (in particular Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey).
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.
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.
“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.
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.
COPENHAGEN, July 3 (Reuters) - Denmark's newly elected government plans to halve the benefits refugees receive from the state in an effort to slow the flow of asylum seekers into the country, a minister said on Friday.
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Denmark has destroyed its entire stockpile of cluster bombs almost five years in advance of the eight-year deadline set by the convention. This is a strong signal in the global fight against cluster munitions.
DanChurchAid (DCA) commends the Danish authorities for getting rid of the Danish stockpile of cluster munitions four and a half years before the deadline set in the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs donates four million Danish kroner to DanChurchAid’s work, clearing away the dangerous ammunition and remnants of war in Libya.
In Misrata, ammunition and other remnants of war are piled up against the house surfaces, in the street and in parks. All types of ammunition, both boxes with shells and grenades for destroyed tanks.
‘It is extremely dangerous because the civilians are unable to tell if the ammunition has been used or if it is still active’, says Richard MacCormac, Head of the DCA Humanitarian Mine Action Unit.
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