Denmark wants to seize jewelry and other valuables from refugees
The Danish government is taking an even harder line against refugees. In September, the government took out a series of ads the in Lebanese newspapers, meant to discourage refugees from coming to their country and now they are putting forward more aggressive tactics.
Something completely rotten is happening in Denmark- Uffe Elbaek
"I think it's outrageous and it makes me really feel bad about me as a Dane and the Danish society," Uffe Elbaek tells As It Happens co-host Carol Off. "I know that's not the way the Danes are, or want to be, but I think it's an awful political suggestion from the government."
Elbaek is the leader of the green Alternative Party. He explains that the current government strategy is to limit the refugee flow to Denmark through imposing extreme restrictions like this legislation. Elbaek adds that if passed, police will have the authority to take away all personal belongings from refugees, including money.
Elbaek says he is ashamed to be a member of the Danish Parliament when he considers how his government stands in stark contrast to other countries like Canada that are welcoming refugees.
"[It will] send a very strong signal to the refugees saying 'You are actually not welcome,' and this is not something under the radar," Elbaek explains. "It's very frank, said openly by the prime minister that we don't want Denmark to be attractive as a refugee country."
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