Denmark’s government struck a deal to banish “unwanted” migrants to an uninhabited island that was once used for contagious animals. The deal is part of a new finance bill between the center-right government and the DPP, a right-wing party with anti-immigration policies.
This move is the latest part in a program of tighter immigration laws enacted by the government of Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Venstre party.
Denmark’s immigration minister Inger Støjberg, of the Venstre party, posted to Facebook that certain people “are unwanted and they will feel it.” She also wrote on Facebook, “When you are unwanted in Danish society, you should not be a nuisance for regular Danes.”
The plan, which still needs to be passed by parliament, may end up sending immigrants to Lindholm Island, two miles out to sea, that for decades was used to house a research center for contagious animals. These facilities will be cleared and an immigration center will be built in its place.
According to a statement released by the government, the center will house people who have “tolerated stay” status, people who cannot get a residence permit but cannot be deported for other reasons, including threats to their life if they are sent home.
Anti-immigration policies have become more mainstream in Denmark, recently allowing authorities to seize cash and valuables from asylum seekers.