Denmark is showing the world that if there’s a desire to curve immigration, then there are plenty of opportunities to do so. The Danes have little interest in watching their safe and happy welfare state getting sacrificed for the sake of multiculturalism and ‘diversity’.
What Problem Do They Solve?
Whenever an asylum seeker enters a European country, they are very likely going to stay there. It matters little whether the initial asylum request is approved or denied, since they can appeal the decision over and over again, eventually getting lucky. If rejections keep coming, there is little preventing them from remaining in the country illegally. Alternatively, they can just wait for a general pardon, granting them citizenship status. Frankly, once they’re here, they’re here to stay.
Denmark wishes to change that. Instead of having people await the outcome of their asylum request in Denmark, they will be placed in an ‘offshore hub’. A fancy term for a migrant camp somewhere in Africa.
A Smart Call
Not only will it make it cheaper to take care of the asylum seekers in such a camp, it will also be less tempting for migrants to try to get Danish asylum. It discourages migrants from trying to get into Denmark in the first place, but it also guarantees that those that are rejected have no way of getting into Denmark.
It would be more effective if all of Europe participated in this program. Now, someone can get their asylum granted in Germany, and move to Denmark using their German passport. Moreover, illegal immigrants can easily cross the open border between Denmark and Germany. The effectiveness of this plan would be exponentially greater if the European Union would support it. We really should wonder, why don’t they?
Besides that, the question remains if it means asylum seekers can request asylum at these offshore hubs. This would greatly reduce the barrier for hundreds of millions of Africans to try and get asylum in Europe. Denmark, however, has already stated that they wish to restrict the total number of immigrants – clearly confirming to us that this possible issue won’t flood Denmark with asylum seekers. Other countries adopting the plan, however, also need to place clear limits on total asylum places in the home countries.
It does leave one to wonder if such offshore hubs won’t grow into a form of neo-colonialism. Protected ‘safe zones’ in Africa where European military powers protect order and offer a place of refuge inside Africa.