Denmark is likely to become the first EU country to process asylum seekers outside Europe in a government proposal that has angered human rights defenders.
The country’s parliament will vote on Thursday on a bill that would allow Denmark to send asylum seekers to a third country, most likely Africa, to have their claims assessed.
Early readings account: They received support not only from the ruling center-left Social Democrats, but also from the center-right opposition.
But the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has done just that to condemn It is a “scary race to the bottom”, which is against the principles of international asylum cooperation.
Demark rose to prominence as one of toughest EU immigration advocates Matthias Tesfaye, a Social Democrat who is the son of an Ethiopian immigrant.
The country is the first in Europe to declare its proximity to the Syrian capital, Damascus safe for refugees back The government has also taken tough measures, including forced evictions in migrant districts, to try to break what it believes are ghettos in several Danish cities.
According to the latest proposals, asylum seekers arriving in Denmark would be transferred to a third country where their application would be considered. If successful, the asylum seeker is allowed to stay in a third country, and if not, the people will deport them.
“The current asylum system has failed. It is inefficient և unfair. “Children, women and men are drowning in the Mediterranean or being abused along migration routes, while traffickers are making a fortune,” Tesfai told the Financial Times, adding that “the main goal is to reduce the number of ‘spontaneous’ asylum seekers in Denmark.”
Denmark is only the latest attempt by European countries to set up refugee camps in Africa. Then the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair to try In 2004 he persuaded Tanzania to consider asylum, but failed.
Some left-wing lawmakers have criticized the government for not using which third country it will use, saying they refuse to give it a carte blanche. But the focus has shifted to Rwanda after Tesfaye and another Danish minister visited the capital Kigali in late April and signed a memorandum of understanding on migration.
The agreement did not include anything in the processing of asylum claims, և Kigali made it clear that “accepting asylum seekers from Denmark” was also not part of the deal. But Amnesty International also warned that any attempt by Denmark to send asylum seekers to a third country “would not only be unreasonable, it could also be illegal”.
Rwanda has a tradition of welcoming refugees, with some 130,000 of them hosting mostly from neighboring Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although earlier plans to relocate African migrants from Israel to Rwanda in 2018 failed, the so-called Emergency Transit Mechanism, or ETM, was set up in Gashora the following year.
The move comes after the Rwandan government, UNHCR and the African Union signed a deal to shelter refugees and asylum seekers held in Libyan prisons. More than 500 refugees, mainly from Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Libya, have been sent to Rwanda.