International Round-Up: Denmark paid 40 million kroner to the UK to hire Afghan interpreters

Ongoing dilemma

A total of 1,077 people from Afghanistan, including 236 interpreters and their family members who were evacuated to Denmark after Kabul’s fall in August, are still being treated for asylum.

According to an internal memo from the Danish Defense Agency from June 2021, only 9 out of 116 Afghan interpreters have been granted asylum.

About 50 applicants were rejected, and a further 57 “apparently received some financial support to resettle in Afghanistan”.

In related news, Denmark has succeeded in helping 21 people out of Afghanistan and into Pakistan in late November. About 13 arrived in Copenhagen on November 24, and the rest were expected to arrive later in the week.


Denmark and China ink green cooperation agreement
Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod visited Hangzhou on November 26 to meet with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to discuss Danish-Chinese relations and exchange views on foreign policy, human rights and global issues such as climate change. Among other things, they undertook to complete and reach an agreement on a ‘Green China-Denmark Joint Work Program’ in 2022 with special emphasis on addressing climate change and promoting cooperation in areas such as the green transition, environment, water, agriculture, food security, health and maritime affairs.

Denmark forgets the Dublin Regulation
In recent months, 28 Syrians and their families who have been denied asylum in Denmark have ended up in other European countries, such as the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Sweden and France. Niels-Erik Hansen, an immigration lawyer who represented three of the Syrians before the Refugee Board, believes that Denmark “exports its asylum problems”. Denmark does not respect the Dublin Regulation, which aims to ensure that the first country to which migrants turn must be solely responsible for processing their application.

Landmark IS citizenship decision on the way
One of the Islamic State (IS) women in the al-Roj prison camp in Syria is suing the immigration ministry in connection with the respective minister, Mattias Tesfaye, having his Danish passport revoked and deprived of citizenship in 2019. Her lawyer Knud Foldschack said this. DR reporters: “This is the first time that a court has to decide whether a decision of such magnitude and with such serious consequences can be made at a desk without prior control of the case and facts.” In 2014, the woman traveled to the IS caliphate with her husband, who was later killed in a U.S. drone strike. The 31-year-old is currently in jail with his two children.

Denmark is upgrading the ASEAN link
Denmark has moved to upgrade its relations with the ASEAN peace and cooperation agreement and organization, which includes 650 million people in Southeast Asia. This strengthened cooperation ensures that Danish interests in trade security policy in the region flourish. During his visit to ASEAN’s headquarters in Jakarta, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod explained: “Maritime transport in the region must be safe so that our export companies have clear trade routes in Asia. We must prepare for Denmark’s application to the UN Security Council and realize our global climate ambitions ”.

Mette visits Ghana
From 24.-25. November, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited Ghana together with Liberal Party leader Jakob Ellemann-Jensen to meet with Ghanaian leaders and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The move came in the wake of the news that the Danish frigate Esbern Snare had been deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to combat piracy until April 2022, and it coincided with the ship’s crew killing four people during a firefight.

Greenland expels Australian miners
A majority in Inatsisartut, the Greenlandic parliament, voted against the plans for the Australian company Greenland Minerals to extract a mountain in Kvanefjeldet. Politicians argued that any construction site would pose risks of disturbing the earth’s layers and dispersing toxic materials – mainly uranium and thorium. Last spring’s election is believed to have played an important role in this decision, as the winning parties are skeptical of the mining project.

Ukrainians caught with cargo of valuable bicycles
Two Ukrainians aged 28 and 29 were arrested in a van at the Årslev V rest area on the South Jutland motorway at Aabenraa at the border with 31 bicycles worth 185,000 kroner. Everyone had been stolen on Funen. They were sentenced by a judge at Sønderborg City Court to eight months in prison and deportation with a six-year re-entry ban.

Source: The Nordic Page


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