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As election looms, opposition plays immigration card

DANISH NEWS - The four opposition parties unite to call for stricter policies

With just one week to go until polling day the four opposition parties making up the “blue block” are trying to push immigration up the election agenda by joining together in a new ad campaign promoting stricter refugee and asylum policy, reports Seven59.dk and Jyllands-Posten.

Under the headline ‘Getting Immigration Policy Back on Track’ the four parties – Liberals, Danish People’s Party, Liberal Alliance, and Conservatives –guarantee:

-Lower social benefits for foreign nationals
-Stricter deportation rules
-Demand for proficiency in Danish
-No citizenship for suspected terrorists
-Financial aid for refugees in the vicinity of where they are fleeing from

Just follows the EU trend

The campaign was launched yesterday, just one day after the Liberals’ presented their own plan for reducing the number of asylum seekers coming to Denmark, which contained some of the same proposals.

Experts immediately cast doubts on whether Danish politicians can even issue such guarantees.

Anders Kamm, Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council, said no politician can control the number of asylum seekers coming to Europe and no matter who the Danish prime minister is after the election, the numbers will mirror the EU trend.

Read the original article (in Danish) here.

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