Denmark has paid Great Britain to receive interpreters

Denmark has paid Great Britain to receive interpreters

These are 12 interpreters who had first been refused an entry visa in Denmark and 11 interpreters who wanted to come to the UK, the newspaper writes.

Until June this year, only five Afghan interpreters had been granted asylum in Denmark out of 139 applications.

– I have not before – neither in my work in the UN and the EU or as a lawyer in Denmark – seen a similar scheme, says Poul Hauch Fenger, lawyer and specialist in, among other things, asylum law and former employee of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to Berlingske.

– Denmark pays out of a legal responsibility for the interpreters, as we pay an amount to send them to Great Britain, which thus takes over the humanitarian responsibility that would otherwise have been ours.

However, the amount is secret.

But according to Berlingske, “the amount is calculated based on what it cost the British to assess the 23 interpreters’ documents and evacuate them, and what it would cost the UK to integrate them, including how much it would cost in social benefits for five years for the 23 interpreters “.

The interpreters have helped Denmark in Afghanistan, but were employed by Great Britain.

According to Berlingske, however, they have worked in Danish uniform, and some had their salaries paid in cash by Danish interpreters.

A total of 195 interpreters assisted the Danish forces during the war in Afghanistan.

They were given the opportunity to request Danish support with the interpreting agreement in 2013, if they can prove that they are specifically threatened or in danger due to their work for Denmark.

Then came a new agreement on August 11, when the Taliban were about to take power in Afghanistan again. However, that agreement only covers locally employed Afghans who have been employed within the past two years.

After the fall of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on 15 August, Denmark has evacuated around 1,000 people from Afghanistan, including more than 600 interpreters and other local staff, including their families.

Minister of Defense Trine Bramsen (S) did not want to comment on the information to Berlingske.

Source: The Nordic Page


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