Denmark proposes to rob refugees of jewellery and cash

Is this a new low in efforts to demonise refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere? The Danish minority government, run by Venstre and supported by the Danish People’s Party, has proposed that the bags and clothes of refugees be searched for money and valuables such as jewellery so as to be confiscated for the ‘cost’ of travelling through Denmark. Mind you, the government has thus far refused to accept refugees, although it generously allows them to travel through Denmark to Sweden. Indeed, the government is trying to claim that it is exceedingly generous – by allowing people to keep their phones and wedding rings. Of course, the underlying assumption is that they are not ‘genuine’ refugees but supposedly rich ‘economic’ refugees.

Not only are such minor items easily transportable for an emergency (like food), but the next step is to remove gold teeth. Further, my experience from a recent rail journey across Europe on trains full of refugees is that they have only a small bag with the absolute basics.

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One thought on “Denmark proposes to rob refugees of jewellery and cash

  1. Like some other countries, Denmark has shown what appear to be its true colours, especially given the country’s degree of collaboration with the Germans, during WW2. The irony of these proposals seems to have been lost on those whose parents suffered under Nazism. This is also being demonstrated in Holland, where there is a lot of public opposition to the settlement of refugees by the Jewish community.
    Regards, Pete.

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