Denmark Feels Heat Again Over Treatment of Foreigners


(Bloomberg) — Denmark is as soon as once more grabbing worldwide headlines for its remedy of foreigners.

This week, the United Nations expressed “severe concern” about Danish plans to relocate rejected asylum seekers and convicted immigrants to a small island that was as soon as used for animal testing.

“We’ve seen the adverse influence of such insurance policies of isolation, and (governments) shouldn’t replicate these insurance policies,” UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet informed reporters in Geneva. “As a result of depriving them of their liberty, isolating them, and stigmatizing them will solely enhance their vulnerability.”

The island of Lindholm, which is positioned within the middle of a bay about 100 kilometers south of Copenhagen, was as soon as used to review contagious ailments affecting cows and pigs.

Plans to show it into a middle for undesirable migrants who can’t be despatched residence — a lot of whom are Muslim — are the results of a finances settlement reached final week between the center-right authorities of Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and the Danish Individuals’s Celebration, which has been the principle driving drive behind Denmark’s crackdown on immigration.

“These persons are, in a technique or one other, criminals and they’re individuals who pose a risk for the security of the state,” Integration Minister Inger Stojberg informed Danish media. Creating a brand new middle on Lindholm will assist us have “a lot better management over these folks,” she stated.

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Denmark’s tighter immigration coverage has partly been blamed for a scarcity of labor following years of strong development. A string of controversial circumstances has coincided with difficulties within the nation to draw expert staff from overseas.

The UN stated there are sufficient examples to indicate that such isolation techniques as these now deliberate in Denmark are likely to backfire. Australia has previously come underneath fireplace from the U.N. for establishing immigration detention amenities on distant islands likened by critics to focus camps.

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–With help from Christian Wienberg.

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