Danish Parliament Approves Law to Deport Asylum Seekers

6/3/2021

Denmark’s parliament has passed a law enabling the Nordic country to deport asylum-seekers to countries outside Europe, defying calls to abandon the legislation from NGOs and the United Nations.

The law allows Denmark, which has gained notoriety for its hardline immigration policies over the last decade, to move refugees arriving on Danish soil to asylum centers in a partner country.

There, asylum seekers would have their cases reviewed and possibly obtain protection in that country.

In practice, people would have to apply for asylum at the Danish border and then be flown to a center outside Europe while being processed.

Denmark would foot the bill for the operation, but processing asylum requests would be carried out by the host country.

The wealthy Scandinavian nation has a declared goal of receiving zero asylum-seekers and instead aims to only accept refugees under the UN’s quota system.

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