Jan Egeland attacks Denmark’s asylum policy: “Stingy, petty, and hypocritical”

Jan EgelandPhoto: Cornelius Poppe / NTB

Denmark’s recent law that regulates establishing reception centers for Denmark’s asylum seekers outside Europe is contrary to international law, NRC’s general secretary warns.

Jan Egeland says the Mette Fredriksen government’s law is the most “stingy, petty, and hypocritical” law he has seen in Nordic politics and a serious threat to international work on refugees, newspaper Politiken writes.

The idea behind the law is that people who come to Denmark to seek asylum are sent to a third country while their asylum application is being processed.

“The world’s poorest countries, Lebanon, Rwanda, Jordan, must keep the borders open for women and children who are bleeding, while the Danes will sit in Nyhavn with beer and pork roast and enjoy one of the world’s best welfare schemes all alone,” Egeland noted.

Tesfaye: I am proud

Denmark’s Minister of Immigration and Integration, Mattias Tesfaye, strongly disagrees with the criticism.

“Denmark is neither stingy nor petty. We are one of quite a few countries that live up to the UN’s goal of development aid. It is about using the resources to help as many people as possible. We are in the process of realizing this, and I am proud of that,” Tesfaye wrote.

The controversial law was passed in the Danish parliament on June 3.

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2 Comments on "Jan Egeland attacks Denmark’s asylum policy: “Stingy, petty, and hypocritical”"

  1. Hector Hernandez | 11. June 2021 at 08:44 | Reply

    Sending immigrants to third countries is brutal …. Mr. Jan Egeland is right .. but Norway has its points a bit controversial … for example I have been in Norway for more than 10 years and I still have no Document, I have I have repatriated to my country without success, and Norway has not even let me work since 2014 (and not for lack of a work contract) … that is also a negative point because the day I accept I will be old and tired for to work …

  2. Where is Jan Egeland’s loyalty?

    Where should it be … instead?

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