Denmark Passes 'Paradigm Shift' Asylum Bill To Send Refugees Back Home
Legislation is expected to be vital in change in the country's approach to immigration
Denmark has passed a new bill aimed at rapidly reducing the number of refugees in the country by turning the focus away from integration to sending them back to their countries of origin.
Advocates describe the new legislation as a "paradigm shift" in Denmark's refugee and asylum policy.
The bill, which was passed by parliament yesterday, was voted in favor of a vital change in the country's approach to immigration, Danish Radio reported.
One of the key aspects of the bill was to shift focus away from the integration of those seeking asylum in Denmark, which includes UN refugees and those who don't have permanent status
The bill is expected to decrease the number of refugees in Denmark indefinitely.
The policy states that refugees should be sent home when conditions in their countries improve and are deemed safe enough.
It also proposes a reduced integration allowance and limited opportunities for family reunions for immigrants.
As a rule, residence permits will become temporary, and the government will have more power to withdraw or not extend them.
Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen insisted Denmark will no longer have a system where "refugees become immigrants."
Liberal-conservative Venstre party Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg sais that there is yet to be seen how many refugees will be sent home following the new legislation.
Støjberg did, however, promise a concrete effect.
"We expect a tangible effect. But this is obviously not something we can put a figure on", Støjberg said, as quoted by TV2.
Social Democrats immigration spokesman Mattias Tesfaye expressed support for the shift towards a temporary status for all refugees.
"People will be given the more honest message that their stay in Denmark is temporary," Tesfaye said.
But other opposition parties were critical of the new bill.
Red-Green Alliance spokesperson Pelle Dragsted claimed the law is about making life difficult for people who escaped bombs, terror, and sex slavery.
Around 90 percent of people granted asylum to stay in Denmark, but the new bill hopes to send 25,000 refugees back to their home country.
Earlier this month Hungary made moves to reject mass immigration and shift towards native families.
Foreign minister Péter Szijjártó described Hungary's rejection of multiculturalism and mass migration as a resolution to market and demographic challenges.
Szijjártó explained how the country is favoring a more socially cohesive society along with 'pro-family' policies which support local people to 'upskill' and raise their own families.
“We have made it very clear during the debate in the European Union that we do not consider migration as a proper answer to our challenges regarding demography, or our challenges regarding the labor market,” he told Breitbart in an interview.
“When it comes to demography, we would rather support our families to be able to raise more kids, and not to make it an economic decision whether to have another kid or not,” he explained.