Denmark Tell Syrian Refugees To Go Back Home

Published on 4 March 2021 by Dimitri

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Denmark becomes first European country to tell Syrian refugees to return home.

Most rapes, sexual assaults and violent attacks are committed by immigrants, Swedish researchers have found.

Denmark has become the first European nation to tell Syrian refugees to go home after deciding that regions of the war-torn country are now safe.

The Scandinavian nation has stripped 94 refugees of their residency permits – and claims that Damascus and its surrounding regions are no longer dangerous enough to give grounds for protection.

Mattias Tesfaye, Denmark’s immigration minister, said last month that the country had been “open and honest from the start” with refugees entering the country from Syria.

He said: “We have made it clear to the Syrian refugees that their residence permit is temporary.

“It can be withdrawn if protection is no longer needed.”

Mr Tesfaye added: “We must give people protection for as long as it is needed.

“But when conditions in the home country improve, a former refugee should return home and re-establish a life there.”

His remarks came as the Danish government extended the regions of Syria deemed ‘safe’ for the return of refugees to include the southern Rif Dimashq Governorate.

It means that 350 Syrians will have their temporary protection permits reassessed, on top of the 900 from the Damascus area whose cases were reopened last year.

Denmark’s ruling Left Social Democratic Party has recently adopted an anti-migration stance, with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen pledging to aim for “zero” asylum seekers applying for residence in the country.

It follows suggestions from the Danish Liberal Party, the country’s largest party in opposition, that the government could find a way to cooperate with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on the return of refugees.

The party’s immigration spokesman Mads Fuglede told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the Liberals wanted “an agreement in which we get Syria to take back its citizens”.


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