The last shocking proposal, in a Europe that has forgotten what reception is, comes from Denmark. In order to cope with the immigration emergency, the Danish government wants to “expropriate” refugees of their valuables, leaving them just the goods which have sentimental value, such as wedding rings, in exchange for asylum, health care, housing, and language courses. The idea, which will certainly spark discussion, is contained in a draft law – the Minister for Integration, Inger Stoejberg, has reported – to put the refugees on the same level with unemployed Danes who become eligible for assistance only if they renounce all their goods over 1,500 dollars. This measure may be adopted next month.
The project has already raised a fuss and the Danish government has intervened to defend the controversial draft to confiscate jewelry and other valuables from migrants in order to finance their stay. This measure has been branded by many commentators as “authoritarian”. They also say it recalls the plundering of the Jews. “The media have severely criticized the fact that, in the future, we may confiscate the valuables of the asylum seekers and ask them to pay the costs of their stay in the centers for refugees”, Stojberg wrote on Facebook.
The minister alluded, without mentioning it, the Washington Post, which has criticized Copenhagen, arguing that the draft law has a “particularly painful connotation in Europe” and can be assimilated to the spoliation of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War. “These criticisms are not justified”, Stojberg who belongs to the right-wing party Venstre, continued. His goal is to reduce immigration to minimum, while the Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, complained about “an erroneous portrait of Denmark”.