Denmark’s largest right-wing party, the Danish People’s Party (DF) has presented a plan to introduce a complete halt to asylum until 2025.
According to them, a five-year full asylum stop until 2025 will reduce the influx by 4,000 migrants annually, while saving the state’s coffers up to $300 million.
If the DF had its way, asylum seekers coming to Denmark via Germany and Sweden would be rejected and asked to apply in the countries they have just travelled through, which are perfectly safe. If they still choose to stay in Denmark, a deportation will be negotiated for payment.
“We don’t want people to seek asylum directly in Denmark in the coming years. This means that if you come to the Danish border from a peaceful country, typically Germany, then you’ll be told to seek asylum in Germany”, Danish People’s Party’s chairman Kristian Thulesen Dahl explained to Danish Radio
According to him, the Refugee Convention doesn’t prevent Denmark from sending people to countries that are deemed safe. Therefore, Denmark will use the border controls to turn asylum seekers back and ask them to stay, say, in Germany.
“The question is, how many people will want to apply in Denmark if they know that we have a system where they will be sent back anyway”, Thulesen Dahl explained.
According to Thulesen Dahl, this plan violates neither the Schengen Agreement nor the Dublin Regulation. He ventured that the Dublin system, according to which the first country an asylum seeker enters is usually responsible for dealing with their case, has “broken down” in recent years anyway.
The Danish People’s Party estimates that an asylum stop will result in 4,000 fewer asylum seekers coming to Denmark every year, while putting an extra DKK 2 billion ($300 million) more into the state’s coffers.
Of this money, the DF propose to allocate DKK 1.5 billion ($220 million dollars) on raising the supplementary pension benefits by DKK 11,000 ($1,650), while the remainder will be used to pay off neighbouring areas to receive asylum seekers.
“We know that it will cost some money, but there is a bonus associated with it. We will save a lot of money on the asylum stop, and then we can increase Denmark’s efforts in the neighboring areas, so we help many more who are in need”, Thulesen Dahl concluded.
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