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Denmark to vote on controversial Migrants' Assets Seizure Bill

Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 12:59 PM
The Danish Parliament will vote on Tuesday on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers' valuables to pay for their upkeep, BBC reported.

The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when it was announced earlier this month.

The Danish authorities insist the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim benefits.

With broad cross-party support, the bill looks set to pass into law.

The government will also vote on another controversial proposal - delaying family reunifications for refugees and migrants -- in an attempt at discouraging them from travelling to the country.

Denmark expects to receive around 20,000 asylum seekers in 2016, compared to 15,000 last year, the Integration Ministry has said.

The country insists that the new laws are needed to stem the flow of refugees. Both Denmark and Sweden recently tightened their borders.

Many have compared the plan to the confiscation of valuables from Jews during the Second World War.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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