Protests drive foreigners from Sandvad, met more resistance in Vrå

A plan to move a group of foreigners from Sandvad to Vrå must come to a standstill, reported DR.

According to the Danish Immigration Service, the Danish Immigration Service, the group’s presence in Sandved had triggered local protests, which ultimately led to the plan to move them to a country estate southwest of Vrå in North by 30 October.

However, a city council member realized that the municipal law allowed the place to accommodate no more than seven people, and authorities have now had to reconsider the plan.

Accusations of and violence
The group of foreigners had been housed in Sandvad’s asylum center since November 2021, where fears arose about the alleged criminal background of some of them. Tina Lundgaard, regional leader of the Red Cross, assured the citizens at the time that the persons had ‘special needs’, but were not criminals.

However, later reported that there were former criminals in the group, and the Danish Immigration Service announced that there could be residents who had previously been convicted of dangerous crimes.

Ekstra Bladet also reported that several of the foreigners had behaved violently, and the residence that houses the group reported several incidents of violence, threats and harassment to the authorities.

Many in Sandvad said they felt relieved when the decision was made to move the group, but it also triggered outrage among residents in Vrå.

“We do not think it’s our turn to take responsibility”
Rikke Biegel, a local resident in Vrå, quickly arranged an event via , where citizens were invited to participate in an information meeting, in which a representative of Botilbuddet Nordenfjords – the company responsible for housing the incoming group of foreigners, participated.

The meeting, which was to take place on Wednesday, was canceled. Nevertheless, more than 100 citizens showed up to express their dissatisfaction.

“We do not think it is our turn to take responsibility,” Rikke Biegel said DRand notes that Vrå has already housed both Syrian and Ukrainian refugees.

Source: The Nordic Page




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