UNHCR: Family unity a "fundamental principle" of international law
27.01.2016 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Keeping families together is a «fundamental principle in international law» that will be violated by a policy on asylum seekers, adopted by Danish lawmakers on this week Tues. Thats the view of the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) responding to the new law, which will extend the waiting time for families to be together, from one year, to three, UN Radio says referring to the UNHCR report.
As to the report, the new law passed by the Danish parliament not only allows the confiscation of money and property belonging to refugees above a certain threshold, but it also extends dramatically the waiting time for family members to be reunited, once asylum has been granted.
It is to be admitted, Danish lawmakers who voted for it, argue that the policy brings refugees, from places like Syria, in line with out-of-work Danes, and that the increased waiting time will help to discourage new arrivals.
In meanwhile, some news reports say Denmark is expecting to receive around 20,000 asylum seekers within this year, up against the last year 15,000.