Every fourth person on a ‘tolerated stay’ visa living in Denmark has disappeared from official view, reports Politiken. The police are currently searching for them
‘Tolerated stay’ visas are granted to foreign criminals in Denmark who cannot be deported back to their home country because their lives would be put in danger due to war or the threat of persecution.
According to the May records at the central criminal register, 15 out of 65 people with this type of visa, who were staying at the asylum centre in Sandholm, have disappeared from the authorities, while another 58 individuals who were expected to report to the police have also gone ‘missing’.
In total, the police are looking for 73 criminals.
“It is not very reassuring that we have convicted rapists and murderers and other criminals on the loose, and we have no idea where they are,” Peter Skaarup, the chairman of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, told Ekstra Bladet.
The immigration and integration minister, Inger Støjberg, recently called for talks on tightening the rules for people on ‘tolerated stay’ visas and proposed that they should wear an ankle monitor and notify the authorities every time they wanted to spend the night outside of their assigned sleeping quarters.