In an effort to discourage refugees from immigrating to its country, Denmark is seriously considering passing a law that would allow authorities to confiscate jewelry and cash when they arrive. The proposal is almost certain to pass Parliament, the Washington Post website reports today (December 21, 2015).
"The bill presented on December 10, 2015 provides the Danish authorities with the power to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers -- and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark -- with a view to finding assets which may cover the expenses," the Danish Ministry of Integration said.
The law would also affect refugees already in Denmark. It is included in an asylum policy bill that is expected to pass Parliament in January and would be set to take effect by next February.
According to the Integration Ministry, "the new rule on seizure will only apply to assets of a considerable value." Foreigners are expected to be able to "keep assets which are necessary to maintain a modest standard of living, such as watches and mobile phones..."