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Denmark stops receiving refugees via UN

Danish Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Stojberg
Danish Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Stojberg. [Wikipedia]

The Danish government has indefinitely stopped the entry of refugees via the UN programme, the country's immigration minister announced today.

Inger Stojberg said: "Denmark is full of refugees, that is why we have had to make this decision."

Under the UN quota, Denmark is expected to accept the entry of 500 refugees each year, however it rejected the entry of 491 this year.

Denmark has come under fire after it introduced a "jewellery bill" which allows immigration authorities to confiscate valuables from refugees in order to cover the cost of their accommodation.

In 2015 it placed advertisements in four Lebanese newspapers announcing tighter regulations and cuts in provisions for asylum seekers. Warning  that those granted temporary protection would not have the right to family reunification for the first year of their residence.

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