Denmark has handed a regulation permitting it to relocate asylum seekers to international locations exterior the European Union whereas their instances are processed, drawing criticism from the European Fee and the United Nations.
The Danish parliament handed the laws on Thursday by 70 votes to 24.
Fee spokesperson Adalbert Jahnz warned that Denmark risked “undermining the foundations of the worldwide safety system for the world’s refugees.”
He added that the regulation “isn’t potential below current EU guidelines or proposals below the brand new pact for migration and asylum,” and that the Fee would “analyze” it earlier than contemplating its subsequent steps.
The brand new regulation means Denmark can take away asylum seekers arriving within the nation to facilities in a non-EU companion nation whereas their purposes are reviewed. Rejected candidates must depart the host nation. Those that obtain refugee standing is not going to routinely be transferred to Denmark — however slightly be granted safety within the companion nation.
“In case you apply for asylum in Denmark, you already know that you may be despatched again to a rustic exterior Europe, and subsequently we hope that folks will cease looking for asylum in Denmark,” mentioned Rasmus Stoklund, the parliament’s spokesman on immigration and integration, in line with Reuters. Denmark has but to signal a cope with a companion nation.
The U.N. refugee company additionally condemned the transfer, with Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi saying that the “UNHCR strongly opposes efforts that search to externalise or outsource asylum and worldwide safety obligations to different international locations,” earlier than including that the company would “proceed to interact in discussions with Denmark … with the intention to discover sensible methods ahead that guarantee the boldness of the Danish individuals and uphold Denmark’s worldwide commitments.”
Denmark’s Social Democrat-led authorities has taken one of many harshest stances on refugees within the EU. The nation was the primary European nation to revoke residency standing for some 200 Syrian refugees earlier this yr, claiming elements of the war-ravaged nation had been secure sufficient to return to.