Unlike its Scandinavian cousins, when it comes to welfare, Denmark has decided to treat its migrants the same way it treats real Danes.
According to Yahoo News, the Danish government drew international outrage and were compared to Nazi Germany after calling for police to search the luggage of refugees for valuables and cash.
The Washington Post on Thursday said confiscating jewelry from refugees had “a particularly bitter connotation in Europe” where the Nazis seized gold and valuables from Jews and others during World War II.
However, in reality, Jews being rounded up and murdered is not exactly analogous to Muslims flooding a Christian country to take its money and liberty.
On Friday, Denmark firmly defended their plans to give “refugees” a dose of self-reliance.
“I can see that some foreign media are pouring scorn over (the fact) that we in the future may withdraw asylum-seekers’ valuables and demand that they should pay for their stay in asylum centres themselves,” Integration Minister Inger Stojberg wrote on Facebook. “There is no reason to criticize, since it is already the case that if you as a Dane have valuables for more than 10,000 kroner ($1,450, 1,340 euros) it may be required that this is sold before you can receive unemployment benefits,” she added.
Stojberg, an immigration hardliner of the ruling right-wing Venstre party, added that “in Denmark you have to try for yourself if you can.”
Cash amounts over 3,000 kroner (approximately $430 USD) will be confiscated, according to the government’s proposal. Items of personal significance, such as wedding rings, as well as mobile phones will be exempt from confiscation.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, whose government rules with the backing of the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP) in parliament, accused the media of painting “an incorrect picture of Denmark.” Many Americans simply do not understand how generous the Danish welfare state is, he told Danish journalists in Brussels, according to the daily Politiken.
“It is in that context you should understand that we in Denmark say that before you get these welfare benefits you must, if you have a fortune, pay yourself,” he said.
H/T PJ Media