Inside Story - Denmark migration law: A sign of things to come? (
Published on Jan 27, 2016

Danish MPs pass a controversial law allowing the seizure of assets from refugees.

The Nordic state is not the first European country to tighten controls on refugees.

But a new Danish immigration law is a sign of the darkening mood towards refugee arrivals.

law allows the seizure of refugees' assets to help pay for their stay.
Among other things, it also prevents families being reunited for three

Danish politicians say the law is being misunderstood.
They argue that, in a welfare state, everyone has to use up their own
resources first before claiming benefits.

Critics say the law,
and similar measures being taken in other countries, are designed to
deter new arrivals - and could heighten tension and xenophobia in some

So is this the new reality for migrants trying to settle in Europe?

And with governments hardening their positions, who will care for those most in need?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Ramazan Salman - Director of the help group Migrants for Migrants

Nando Sigona - Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and specialist on the refugee and migration crisis

Irene Zugasti - Co-author of the Politheor report: 'Civil Society Responses to the Refugee Crisis'


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