by Dr. Eowyn
Actions speak louder than words.
The Danish government will not admit it, but by its decision to send (an initial) 100 “unwanted” migrants to a small island, Copenhagen effectively admits that its open door policy to mainly Muslim “migrants” and “refugees” is a failure.
According to a Danish-language report (Google Translate here) on the Danish government’s Immigration and Integration Ministry website uim.dk, which was last updated on December 4, 2018, the Danish government and the Danish People’s Party have signed an agreement on the Finance Act for 2019with “a number of initiatives” concerning refugees and migrants.
While Denmark “helps and protects persons fleeing from war and unrest,” too many refugees who have come to Denmark in the last 20 years are “still in Denmark”. A “new approach” is needed, which “sends a clear signal that the refugee stay in Denmark is temporary and that Denmark has both the will and the ability to act quickly and efficiently when the basis for the individual’s residence permit is no longer present.”
The new agreement signed by the government is aimed at sending refugees “home as soon as possible” and to”better control who is in Denmark,” especially “foreigners who are unwanted in Denmark,” who will be “accomodated” on Lindholm, a small island southwest of the capital Copenhagen.
“A new exit center” will be established on the island to accomodate “unwanted foreigners,” including criminals and rejected political-asylum seekers “who are convicted of violation of the Penal Code, the Arms Act, the Knivloven Act or the Act on Euphoric Drugs”.
Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg says:
“We have concluded an agreement that clearly indicates that refugees’ stay in Denmark is temporary. Refugees must meet from day one the expectation that they will return home as soon as they can to help build their country. It makes sense for both them and us…. With the agreement we also introduce a family reunification ceiling. It is crucial that Denmark does not return to a situation like in Autumn 2015, and a family reunification ceiling is a clear signal that there is a limit to how many refugee family reunions Denmark can handle. I am pleased that we have also agreed to establish an exit center on the island of Lindholm for the criminals who currently live at the Outreach Center Kærshovedgård. They are unwanted here in this country, and the new exit center on Lindholm is a signal that they have no future in Denmark. ”
The agreement also specifies the following:
- The Immigration Act must be amended so that residence permits issued to refugees and refugee family reunification are withdrawn when the basis for the residence permit is no longer present and as soon as Denmark’s international obligations allow it. Residence permits for refugees will not be issued with the possibility of permanent residence.
- Foreigners are to be self-sufficient as soon as possible; refugees’ residence in Denmark is strictly temporary.
- New refugees must work as quickly as possible, sustaining themselves until they can be repatriated to their native countries.
- The “transitional” allowance for single parents is reduced by DKK 2,000 per person per month, for cohabiting and married parents by DKK 1,000 per person per month — equivalent to DKK 2,000 per household. The state refund of 50% of municipal expenses for supplementary and individual benefits under the Integration Act will be abolished.
- The repatriation scheme is strengthened, among other things by extending the target group for repatriation to refugees from areas where temporary protection status is granted and to refugees who have dual citizenship, including Danish, if they opt out of Danish citizenship.
- To enforce the new rules on refugees’ temporary residence in Denmark, fingerprints and face recognition experts will be trained.
- A family reunification ceiling will be introduced where the number of asylum seekers increases sharply.
- Convicted aliens will be sentenced and imprisoned for longer terms.
- Sharper penalties for foreigners who violate their residence, notification and reporting.
- As soon as possible and by the end of 2019, an agreement must be reached with a partner country to establish Danish prisons abroad, so that criminals sentenced to expulsion will serve their sentences abroad rather than be a cost for Danish prisons and Danish society.
- An amendment to the Danish Constitution and Denmark’s international obligations will seek to prevent foreign monetary donations to communities, associations and organizations whose purpose is to counteract and undermine Denmark’s democracy and fundamental freedoms.