Danish lawmaker approves plans to move asylum center abroad


Danish lawmaker Copenhagen voted in favor of Denmark establishing a refugee reception center in a third country likely to be in Africa on Thursday.

The legislation was approved without abstention in a 70 to 24 vote, 85 members were absent, and the Danish government would, if an agreement was reached, “substantial processing of asylum claims and Danish international obligations”. Subsequent protection in compliance with. “

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the European Union, and several international organizations have called the plan undermining international cooperation and lacking details on how human rights are protected. Criticizing.

Immigration Minister Matthias Tessfay said the Danish government needed a new legal framework for the asylum system before releasing details. The right-wing central opposition supported the Social Democratic minority government and voted in favor of a law approved Thursday.

The Social Democratic Party has come up with the idea of ​​having refugee centers abroad in recent years. In January, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen reiterated his vision of an election campaign to “zero asylum seekers.”

The Social Democrats argue that their approach prevents people from attempting dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean to Europe and undermines migrant traffickers who exploit desperate asylum seekers. Since 2014, more than 20,000 migrants and refugees have died trying to cross the sea.

According to government plans, asylum seekers cannot apply directly at a reception center outside Denmark. It can only be done at the Danish border. Instead, those arriving in Denmark will be sent to a third country while the application is being processed.

The Danish government announced in April that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Rwanda. The government has been unobtrusive and unobtrusive in a memorandum that sets the framework for future negotiations and cooperation between the two countries.

The Danish daily Jyllands-Posten reported that Denmark is also in dialogue with Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt.