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    Betting on the Wrong Norse: Refugees Deemed Rotten in the State of Denmark

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    Denmark has pledged to introduce the toughest anti-migration rules in Scandinavia, according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

    The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet quoted Danish Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg as saying that from now on, Denmark will have the strictest migration regulations among Europe's Nordic countries.

    The decision arrived amid concrete steps by Germany, Sweden and Norway to tighten screws on migrants, including the introduction of temporary border checks for asylum seekers.

    The adoption of such measures in Denmark is already being discussed by the country's parliament, which is also dealing with the introduction of rules under which refugees with temporary residence permits must wait three years before they are allowed to invite other family members to the country.

    Migrants wait for registration at the central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin
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    Migrants wait for registration at the central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin

    Under the new rules, refugees will be obliged to pay for accommodation on their own and if they fail to do so, the authorities will have the right to confiscate their property as payment for debt.

    Temporary residence permits will now be issued for two years instead of five, and the rules for obtaining permanent permission will be severely tightened. All these rules will take effect immediately after being approved by the parliament.

    Last week, the head of the Finnish Migration Service Jaana Vuorio called for the introduction of a fee of several hundred euros for refugees who want to move to their relatives in Finland.

    In addition, the Finnish Interior Ministry is considering the introduction of rules according to which refugees who apply for family reunification should have a job and a minimum income level (for a family with two children, for example, the monthly income should amount to at least 2,600 euros), as well as medical insurance and housing in Finland.

    Analysts have, meanwhile, said that against this background of increasing activity in the migration sector, it is still unclear where refugees will seek asylum after they are barred from entering EU countries.

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