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Denmark: Refugees Protest New Laws Permitting Confiscation of Their Valuables

HeadlineJan 28, 2016

This comes as refugees in Copenhagen are protesting newly passed Danish laws that permit Denmark to confiscate refugees’ money and valuables to pay for their stay in asylum centers. Many have compared the so-called “jewelry bill” to the confiscation of property from Jews during the Holocaust. The new laws also delay family reunification for one to three years. An Iraqi refugee named Hiwa spoke out during a protest in Copenhagen Tuesday.

Hiwa: “I think it’s a wrong law, and we don’t accept this. We condemn it, and we protested today, and we are going to keep going protest against this new law, because this doesn’t work. And we want the Danish Parliament to think again about this new law, because this is dehumanizing us.”

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