Denmark’s Pioneering Policy (EU) on Migration-Refugee Problem
The leader of the Danish Social Democrats Party and Prime Minister of that EU member country from 2019 to the present day, Mette Frederiksen, and even though in the 2019 elections she formed a one-party government with 25.9% holding 48 seats out of a total of 179 in the Danish Parliament, she has managed to have the parliamentary support of the other parties of the Venstre, Red-Green, Social Liberals, SF, etc.
The government of Mette Frederiksen supported the choices of the previous right-wing government on the issues of migration-refugee issue and managed to impose its own policy (as a government now) on this issue.
A policy that includes, inter alia, a ban on the use of burqas and niqab in public places, a restriction on the number of asylum seekers who have committed illegal acts in Denmark. In addition, the policy of seizing the jewelry of refugees and migrants continues to help some of the financing of their cost of living.
Mette Frederiksen did not oppose the policies of the Danish People’s Party (DPP) when it was a government and concerned the tightening of the policy applicable to refugees and migrants. On the contrary, it adopted much of this policy, managing to return a large part of the electorate mainly from the working class back to the Danish Social Democrats Party (political and future electoral benefits equally).
The strategy of the Social Democrats and as expressed by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is summed up in her phrase “For me it is now clear that the price for rules-free globalisation, mass migration and the free movement of workers is paid by the lower income classes”.
In fact, the Danish Social Democrats policy on refugee-immigrant issues is part of a more general shift to the left that includes, inter alia, policies to protect the environment, tackle social inequality, impose stricter rules on the financial system and protect the underprivileged from controlled globalisation that leaves refugee flows free and borderless.
The Danish Social Democratic Party summed up its strategy on the refugee-immigrant issue in the following political measures:
1. Commitment that during his administration that he would impose a limit on the number of “non-Western immigrants”.
2. Commitment that in future, refugees to claim political asylum will have to do so through special reception centers, operating in third countries on the African continent.
3. Employment of refugees and migrants thirty-seven (37) hours per week in work to be indicated to them, with a view to contributing to the financing of their reception costs.
Regarding the issue of the transfer of asylum seekers to Denmark to a third country-Africa-where their request will be made to a special reception center, the Danish Government has stated that it will cover all relevant costs. These African countries are so far Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda.
In this case, asylum seekers will never enter Denmark but will remain in the African countries under cooperation.
The questions raised by Denmark’s initiatives are therefore whether the proposed strict management rules on refugee-migration will create the right incentives for them to be adopted by the other governments of EU member countries facing the same problem.
If they adopt Denmark’s policies, they will have electoral and political benefits, respectively. If not, they may find themselves politically exposed and lose elections in their own countries.
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