European Commission takes stand against Danish plan to outsource asylum

Ylva JohanssonPhoto: Johanna Geron, Pool via AP

The European Commission has expressed criticism of Denmark’s new asylum law. 

On Friday, EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson warned that the Danish system could create a “knock-on effect to neighboring EU countries” like Germany and Sweden.

According to EUobserver, she added that it goes against the Geneva Convention on refugees, which offers people a right to asylum.

“Wrong signal”

“A system aiming for external processes outside the EU instead of protecting the right to apply for asylum in the EU would send a strong and wrong signal to the outer world,” she said.

While she did not explicitly name Denmark, the message was clearly directed at the country, according to EUobserver.

On the other hand, Austria’s interior minister Karl Nehammer defended the new Danish law, describing it as a “compelling approach.”

Source: #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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