Under fire, Denmark stands firm on migrant bill

Danish police patrol along the border with Germany on January 9, 2016Spurning scathing international criticism, Danish lawmakers will on Thursday give a final nod to drastic reforms curbing asylum rights as legal and human rights experts castigate Copenhagen for turning its back on its international commitments. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s minority right-wing government, supported in parliament by an anti-immigration far-right party that has for 15 years dictated increasingly restrictive immigration policies, already has enough support for its bill to win a January 26 parliamentary vote. The new law would delay family reunifications, confiscate migrants’ valuables and make already stringent permanent residency requirements even tougher.

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