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  Refugee crisis: Denmark wants to seize jewellery and cash from asylum seekers
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 20, 2015 10:20pm
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AuthorRick Noack
MediaNewspaper - Independent
News DateFriday, December 18, 2015 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn 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 jewellery from refugees entering the country. The proposal is almost certain to pass parliament.

"It is pretty telling about the current Danish policies that [some] are not quite sure whether this is a hoax or not," said Zachary Whyte, an asylum and integration researcher at the University of Copenhagen. In this case, it's real.

"The bill presented on 10 December 2015 provides the Danish authorities with the power to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers — and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark — with a view to finding assets which may cover the expenses," the Danish ministry of integration said in an email to The Washington Post.
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