News You Really Need To See: “Danish Measure Would Allow Seizure of Refugees’ Jewelry”

“Danish Measure Would Allow Seizure of Refugees’ Jewelry”

The Washington Post, December 18, 2015, p.A12

In recent months, Denmark has taken a fairly harsh stance toward refugees.  In September, for example, authorities published an ad in Lebanese newspapers carrying an unmistakable message to foreigners who might think about seeking asylum: Don’t come to Denmark.  Now, the country is debating another and even more extreme step: The government is considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate jewelry from refugees entering the country.  The proposal is almost certain to pass Parliament. … The law would also impact refugees already in the country.  It is included in an asylum policy bill that is expected to pass Parliament in January and would be set to take effect by next February.  Police authorities would be allowed to seize valuables and cash amounts they deem expensive enough. … Although the seized valuables are supposed to pay for refugee-related expenditures, the financial impact could be of less consequence. Experts say the Danish government is more interested in sending a message.”

Quickie analysis:  What’s next?  Rounding up refugees into camps to help defray the costs of housing them?

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