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In turn, Denmark wants to send its asylum seekers to Rwanda

In turn, Denmark wants to send its asylum seekers to Rwanda

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Copenhagen is preparing to make a deal to transfer its asylum seekers to Rwanda before their files are examined. The same scheme, launched by the United Kingdom, has experienced several legal adventures so far.

In 2021, Denmark has already passed a law authorizing the relocation of asylum seekers outside the European continent: this policy was confirmed as Copenhagen signed a bilateral declaration on an agreement with Rwanda on Friday, September 9.

The intention of both the countries is to considerEstablishment of a program to transfer asylum seekers arriving in Denmark to Rwanda for examination of their asylum files“, says a press release from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Applicants for asylum in Denmark must submit an application in person upon arrival at Danish border controls before flying to another country. This scheme also includesDesire to settle in RwandaIf the asylum application is rejected.

The same plan, Between England and Rwanda, has been controversial for a year. Prince Charles – now King Charles III – has himself come out of the traditional monarchical vault, telling himself. “frustrated” In the face of the British government’s plans to deport asylum seekers who came to the UK illegally to Rwanda. Last Monday, the justice again considered the unions’ appeal against the controversial plan, which it however wants to protect at all costs. Liz Truss succeeded Boris Johnson in Downing Street on the same day.

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This is not the first time that Rwanda has sought to sign such agreements with countries that are subject to high numbers of asylum applications. At what interest? Behind the stated humanitarian objectives, These contracts are an economic opportunity for the Great Lakes region. Thanks to the British indemnity, the authorities promised that the move would have no consequences for the national budget. In addition, the United Kingdom has committed an initial envelope of 120 million pounds sterling (145 million euros) to implement the program and the country’s 14th place in development aid.e The poorest country in the world.

As for Denmark, cheered by the European left. The Social Democrats have pursued a policy there for years, determined to reduce the flow of migrants – So Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, is increasingly being compared to his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orb├ín. The Scandinavian country believes that its survival is at play here: supporters of a more liberal social model, Danes fear that this protection is threatened by unfair openness. And, above all, the fear of establishing mass unemployment that would be a fatal blow to their welfare state.