DF and Liberal Alliance propose sending refugees back to countries neighbouring conflict zones

October 9th, 2014

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Dansk Folkeparti (DF) wants to send asylum-seekers who come from conflict zones back to countries neighbouring their homelands, Metroexpress reports.

Liberal Alliance is also suggesting a similar approach, according to Jyllands-Posten.

Funding the centres
DF wants to discourage war refugees from applying for asylum in Denmark and believes that only the refugees who fall within the official quotas should be allowed to stay.

The party wants to fund asylum centres in countries close to the conflict zone so they can send the asylum-seekers there instead. 

"I believe the number of asylum-seekers will plummet once refugees know they cannot get a residence permit in Denmark," DF's immigration spokesman, Martin Henriksen, told Berlingske.

"We will still honor our obligation to help refugees, but we will just do it in a different way," said Henriksen. 

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A corner of Jordan forever Danish
Liberal Alliance (LA) has told Jyllands-Posten it would prefer to stop accepting refugees from conflict zones like Syria completely. 

Like DF, the party also suggests Denmark should use the billions of kroner spent on asylum expenses in Denmark to finance refugee camps in countries near the conflict.

 "We want to create a little bit of Denmark in Jordan, Lebanon or Israel, where we would be responsible for financing and operating refugee camps," LA leader Anders Samuelsen told Jyllands-Posten. 

"Let's build our 'Sandholm centre' locally."

Just a drop in the sea
According to Samuelsen, Socialdemokraterne and Radikale admit that Denmark cannot accommodate the 50,000 refugees expected next year. And even if it did, it would still be "just a drop in the sea".

The Ministry of Justice is expecting around 20,000 refugees to come to Denmark this year directly due to Islamic State's atrocities in Syria and Iraq.

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