Denmark Plans to Send Refugees Home, Considers Using Force for Deportations
Danish Government toughens up on migrants entering the country
Denmark is reportedly planning to send all Syrian and Somalian refugees back home after declaring that the situation has changed in their country of origin and they no longer have grounds for asylum.
The Danish Government has also announced that the country will no longer automatically grant all Syrian asylum seekers temporary asylum, and is preparing plans to return those who were previously granted asylum.
Earlier this week, Danish officials revealed that Denmark, unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, is considering using force to remove migrants from Syria and Somalia who are unwilling to leave willingly.
Under the country's new hardline approach toward mass-migration, the government ruled that simply being from Somalia or Syria is no longer grounds for asylum.
“It is our assessment that the conditions in Syria have changed, and this means that we will select a number of trial cases in order to get a concrete assessment of whether there is still a basis for granting a residence permit to Syrians,” Anders Dorph, deputy director of the Danish Immigration Service, said Thursday.
“Being in the area is not asylum-justified in itself.”
According to Breitbart, the announcement follows a similar decision by the Refugee Board on Wednesday, which ruled:
“The information on the current situation in Syria shows that the number of combat areas and civilian casualties is limited geographically and that the number has been significantly reduced compared to previous ones.”
Since the migrant crisis of 2015, Denmark has issued 4,700 temporary asylum residency permits, which must be renewed by the migrants annually.
The regrading of the Damascus province will certainly affect future refugee applications, but a number of those individuals currently in Denmark under the asylum scheme will likely be sent back.
“It will be possible that they may have refused to extend their residence permit as a result of this,” Mr. Dorph said.
Denmark, which takes a tougher position on immigration and asylum than its German and other Nordic neighbors, said earlier this week that it would not rule out deporting illegal Somali migrants by force.
“It is not my assessment that there are current challenges in Somalia that mean that we cannot see more compulsory deportations,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said.
The remarks came after migration minister Inger Støjberg told Somalis to go back to their own country and rebuild it after the government ruled that parts of Somalia were safe to return to.
While Denmark is considering deportations for those migrants with straightforward returns processes, its government has come up with a novel solution of what to with foreign criminals and ‘undeportable’ migrants — such as those without papers or whose countries will not accept them — by putting them on a remote island a mile and a half from the Danish mainland.