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So far, the Danish government has been pretty much alone in its desire to establish reception centers for asylum seekers outside Europe.
But on Monday, there was good news for Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod (S) and the rest of the S government.
Both the United Kingdom and the Norwegian Social Democrats in the Labor Party agree with the basic idea of the Social Democrats’ asylum plan: That asylum seekers should be able to be sent to a reception center abroad while their asylum application is being processed.
Thus, the Social Democrat government may be finding partners who can help fulfill one of the key points in the asylum proposal that the Social Democrats presented before the election.
“It is no secret that the government is working on a major reform of the entire migration and asylum system, so that we can stop the incentive to take the dangerous path across the Mediterranean. We will do this, among other things, by establishing reception centers in third countries. I have an ongoing dialogue about this, including with the countries mentioned, “says Jeppe Kofod.
He sees statements from Britain and Norway as examples of “everyone” wanting to find a new system for dealing with refugees and migrants.
“The existing system has collapsed. There is an incentive for human traffickers to cynically exploit vulnerable people who want to enter Europe. Many of them are rejected as asylum seekers and must be returned. “
“It simply came to our notice then. That is why we have an ongoing dialogue with other countries to find a more humane and realistic asylum system. There is great interest in this among the countries mentioned, “says Jeppe Kofod.
Before the summer holidays, the government managed to get the legal basis in place. However, the adoption in the Folketing received sharp criticism from the EU Commission, which believes that the reception center will be incompatible with the existing EU rules and the new pact for migration and asylum.
However, both the United Kingdom and Norway are outside the EU. Thus, just like Denmark – by virtue of the Danish legal reservation – they have the opportunity to act independently of the EU.
Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod rejects, however, that the government is on its way to undermining EU cooperation in the field of migration:
“No, we are not at all. It is partly about making some reforms of asylum and migration cooperation. The European Commission has put good ideas on the table, which we agree with. And then we have an ambition to create a reception center in third countries in full accordance with international obligations, “says Jeppe Kofod.
The government has so far had difficulty finding a country that wants to house a reception center.
Most recently, according to Jyllands-Posten, the government has had to abandon the East African country Ethiopia. However, Jeppe Kofod does not want to go into speculation about whether it will succeed in this election period.
“As Foreign Minister, I am very interested in dialogue with other countries. We are working hard for this in the government, “says Jeppe Kofod.
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Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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