Denmark Sets Up New Task Force for Deporting Illegal Migrants
New Danish agency will focus solely on repatriating illegal aliens
Denmark has set up a new government agency with the sole purpose of tracking down illegal migrants and deporting them from the country.
The new authority has been set up by the left-wing ruling Social Democrats - the party with the most seats in Denmark’s parliament.
The move to prioritize the expulsion of illegal aliens is believed to be an attempt to fend off the increasingly popular nationalist parties in the country.
As a result, the Danish government is in the process of establishing the new task force to repatriate illegal migrants.
Operating under the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the “home travel agency,” will begin its operations on August 1.
The task force will be in charge of sending foreigners without legal residence in Denmark back to their homelands.
"It is important for the government that illegal immigrants travel home,” Denmark’s Foreign and Integration Minister Mattias Tesfaye said in a statement.
"We have had the Danish immigration service for many years.
"It provides, among other things, residence permits for refugees and family reunions.
"Now we set up the Home Travel Agency to ensure that people also return home when they are not allowed to be in Denmark.
“An authority that only works with home trips.
"I think it makes sense," Tesfaye adds.
Elsewhere in Europe, other countries are also ramping up their efforts to crack down on illegal migration to their countries.
As Neon Nettle reported last week, Austria has confirmed that it is rejecting migrant quotas imposed by the European Union and warns that its borders will remain closed to all asylum seekers.
The Austrian government says it is maintaining its strict policy on migration and not accepting any more asylum seekers, despite orders from the EU.
The announcement follows pressure from some 150 NGOs, who are demanding the country opens up its border to Middle Eastern illegal migrants stuck in Greece during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Claudia Türtscher, the spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), confirmed that Austria will reject all asylum applications.
“It remains a no,” Türtscher said in a statement, according to Kronen Zeitung.
Türtscher was referring to Chancellor Kurz’s earlier warning to the EU against transferring illegal migrants from Greece and redistributing them across member states.
“Millions of people could embark on their journey to Europe if the Turkish-Greek border falls or if they get the impression that they will be able to pass,” Kurz said last month.
Kurz described moves by Turkey's President Recep Erdoğan as an attack on the European Union.