Denmark has adopted new legislation allowing it to open asylum centers outside Europe for applicants to be sent to, in a move aimed at deterring migrants from coming to the country at all.
Denmark on Thursday ratcheted up its tough anti-immigration laws by adopting new legislation enabling it to open asylum centres outside Europe where applicants would be sent to live.
The latest move by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s Social Democratic anti-immigration government is aimed at deterring migrants from coming to Denmark in the first place.
Asylum seekers would now have to submit an application in person at the Danish border and then be flown to an asylum centre outside Europe while their application is being processed.
If the application is approved and the person is granted refugee status, he or she would be given the right to live in the host country, but not in Denmark.
The bill sailed through parliament on Thursday, supported by a majority including the far-right, despite opposition from some left-wing parties.
The European Commission on Thursday said the Danish plan violates existing EU asylum rules.
However, since Copenhagen has an opt-out on EU migration and asylum cooperation, the Commission would examine the situation “before deciding on any next steps,” spokesman Adalbert Jahnz told reporters.
Denmark has repeatedly made headlines in recent years with its anti-immigration policies including its official “zero refugees” target, its withdrawal of residence permits from Syrians now that it deems parts of the wartorn country safe and its crackdown on “ghettos” to reduce the number of “non-Western” residents.