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    Denmark approves plan to send foreign criminals to tiny island

    This is a month old, but it's funny how they presented this in the media, specially in the foreign press like The Guardian. You could still watch this. Rationality against emotions.

    Denmark approves plan to send foreign criminals to tiny island

    Parliament passes scheme affecting 100 criminals who cannot be deported

    The island of Lindholm is used as a laboratory by scientists researching swine flu, rabies and other contagious diseases. Photograph: Emil Gjerding Nielson/ReutersThe Danish parliament has approved funding for a plan to hold foreign criminals on a tiny island, despite criticism from the UN and local opposition.

    With Denmark taking an increasingly tough stance on immigration, the government wants to send up to 100 people who have completed jail sentences but cannot be deported because they are at risk of torture or execution in their home countries to the island of Lindholm.
    Funding for the scheme was included in the 2019 Danish budget, which lawmakers voted through on Thursday. A centre for people convicted of crimes ranging from murder and rape to less serious offences is to be established in 2021 and will cost 759m krone (£92m).
    Lindholm is used as a laboratory and crematorium by scientists researching swine flu, rabies and other contagious diseases. One ferry serving the three-hectare (seven-acre) island south-west of Copenhagen is named Virus.

    The plan has aroused opposition in the municipality of Vordingborg, of which Lindholm is part. “People think this is not the solution to the real problems,” the Vordingborg mayor, Mikael Smed, said before the parliamentary vote.
    The UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, expressed serious concerns about the idea on Wednesday.

    A majority of foreign criminals whose deportations cannot be carried out are detained at a centre in Jutland, western Denmark. Residents there say they feel unsafe, though police report that crime has not risen in the area in recent years.
    Residents of Kalvehave, from where the ferry to Lindholm departs, fear for the future of their town, which depends on tourism. “This won’t benefit the area and it won’t attract more tourists. Quite the opposite,” said Klaus, 47, the owner of a hotdog stand in the town, which is home to 632 people.

    Under the plan, the criminals can leave the island during the day but will have to report their whereabouts to authorities and return at night.
    Denmark has struggled for decades with how to integrate immigrants, the overwhelming majority of whom are law-abiding, into its welfare state. Public debate intensified in 2015 with the arrival of large groups of asylum seekers from conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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    ‘Social Death’ in Danmark for failed asylum seekers who cannot be deported.

    European country Danmark is isolating and excluding asylum seekers

    Think of Danmark and you probably conjure up a mix of mid-century design, hygge, and people riding bikes. But as viewers of the noir TV series Borgen The Bridge know, it’s also a country marred by institutional xenophobia. Danmark has a network of camps and detention centers for asylum seekers. It has legally defined ghettoes, meaning urban areas with populations of “non-Western immigrants.”

    But while something is clearly rotten in the state of Danmark, it’s far from an exception in Western politics. What’s happening in this former bastion of liberalism is the normalizing of white hostility to immigration. Danmark is building on Australian and Israeli tactics to form a new strategy: to keep the illegal refugees separate from society.

    The Danish immigration minister Inger Støjberg has said that she intends to make conditions for people in the asylum system less luxurious. And if my recent visit to Sjælsmark Detention Center, outside Copenhagen, is anything to judge by, she’s succeeding.

    Sjælsmark contains people whose applications for asylum have been rejected but cannot be returned to their country of origin (technically “non-deportable rejected asylum seekers,” according to EU law). The upscale suburb has no shops or other amenities for the detainees. It is suitably remote from the city, nearly two hours by two buses and a train. By car, it’s just 30 minutes, but no one has a car.

    Sjælsmark is administered by the Danish Prison and Probation Service. Visitors can enter the government centers only when invited by a resident. My visit was organized by Trampoline House, a community-based resource center for refugees.

    Thirty-year-old Lily was born in a territory that was Ethiopia and is now Eritrea; she and her 7-year-old son, Liam, showed me around (their names have been changed at their request.) The camp is accessed through a formidable gate, which is locked every night at 10 pm, even to residents. Families live in former military barracks. The residents call it a “camp,” and it is newly surrounded by 10-foot-high security fences. Residents can leave whenever they want.

    Rejected asylum seekers are in legal limbo. Some of them are stateless and deprived of what Hannah Arendt called “the right to have rights.” They are denied as citizens by their “home” countries and the EU refuses to recognize them as refugees, so they have no legal status anywhere. Like many others, Lily was denied leave to remain in Danmark because her fingerprints were first taken in Greece. Under the EU’s Dublin Regulation, the first country where an asylum seeker is fingerprinted must process them for asylum.

    Sjælsmark residents cannot work or claim benefits. They are not allowed to cook, to have furniture (other than a bed, one table, and hard chairs), or to decorate their rooms. No carpets or rugs are allowed. There is no television or Internet service. Residents live in cold, spare rooms with very high ceilings.

    When I entered her room, Lily had arranged hot water to make tea or instant coffee and spread a paper plate with a packet of saltines. It was heartbreaking: Not because she had relatively little to offer, but because it made clear that the intent of the Danish state was to deny her the human impulse to hospitality.

    The residents are above all concerned about food. The Prison and Probation Service provides food that is prepared off-site and reheated. It was described to me by everyone as inedible. Conditions in the cafeteria are so bad that all visitors are banned. No food is brought to people who are sick or pregnant and so cannot walk to the cafeteria. No allowance is made for dietary preference. In the Danish prison system, and the reception camps where asylum seekers are first sent, cooking is allowed. Not here.

    There are more than 100 children in the camp. They cannot play on the grass or anywhere outside but a tiny playground. They are not allowed to attend Danish schools but must go to a kindergarten-level facility organized by the Red Cross no matter what their age. The only activity offered there is coloring.

    And so Lily accurately called the refugees’ situation “torture.” It is not physical torture intended to extract information; it is psychological torture designed to humiliate and produce action. Lily and other residents thought that the state wanted them either to go underground or “run”—meaning seek an inevitable rejection for asylum elsewhere.

    From within the camp the refugees have nonetheless organized. They are holding weekly demonstrations against their conditions, including a hunger strike. At a rally in Copenhagen on December 5, Lily spoke out: “We have a right to seek asylum in Denmark and we also have the right to live a normal life until solutions are found for our cases.” Denmark seeks to deny those rights.

    There is proposed legislation to mitigate the worst of these conditions. It will require 50,000 signatures in a country of 5 million. It would still require asylum seekers to spend two years in Sjælsmark, which is unacceptable. In response to this opposition, the Danish government has taken more aggressive steps still. Adopting the Australian strategy of intercepting and offshoring refugees on Nauru, it now intends to house failed asylum seekers on the remote island of Lindholm.

    The island Lindholm is proposed for "warehousing" of failed asylum seekers who have committed serious crime and/or are considered dangerous to the state/other people, but who for various reasons cannot be deported legally. The quote by integration minister, Inger Støjberg ("that she intends to make conditions for people in the asylum system unbearable") specifically refers to the failed asylum seekers the state intends to place on Lindholm, not in general rejected asylum seekers.

    ‘Social Death’ in Denmark | The Nation 20 Jan 2019.

    Our MSM is never anything but extreme ‘cultural marxist propaganda.’

    What a disappointment for these poor, pitiful refugees fleeing persecution and war. What about the 5 star hotel accommodation, big weekly welfare payments and halal food they were told they would get? We Europeans cannot look after endless hordes of these people, they must look after themselves in their own countries.

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    Quite an interesting idea, I'm curious to see if this works to the intended desire.

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