Euro News reports that under a new law in Denmark asylum seekers will be sent to countries outside of Europe to have their cases placed under consideration.
The legislation, approved on Thursday, is the latest in a raft of anti-migration measures passed by the Danish parliament. Euro News reports that its aimed at discouraging migrants from ever setting foot in Denmark.
Charlotte Slente, secretary-general of the Danish Refugee Council, said in response to the law, “The idea to externalize the responsibility of processing asylum seekers’ asylum claims is both irresponsible and lacking in solidarity.” She added that the Australian model or the so-called ‘hotspots’ on the Greek islands, have resulted in incidents of detention, physical assault, prolonged asylum proceedings, and no access to health care or legal assistance.
She said that Denmark had a legal responsibility to safeguard the rights of asylum seekers and refugees and to guarantee that they were protected, adding that the bill was passed without any consideration.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International condemned Danish politicians for their shameful abdication of their responsibilities.
Umm Muhammed Umar