Europe

Denmark places anti-migrant adverts in Lebanon newspapers

  • 7 September 2015
  • From the section Europe
Refugees speak with a Danish policeman after arriving in Rodby, southern Denmark 7 September 2015. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Denmark has recently introduced tough anti-immigration laws

The Danish government has placed advertisements in Lebanese newspapers aimed at deterring potential migrants.

"Denmark has decided to tighten the regulations concerning refugees in a number of areas," the advert begins.

It warns that Denmark has recently passed legislation cutting benefits by up to 50% for newly arrived refugees.

The governing Venstre (Liberal) party won power in June after running on an anti-immigration platform.

Migrants have been arriving in southern Denmark from Germany in the past two days, but most have said they intend to travel on to Sweden. Dozens of people were seen walking on the main road from the south coast towards Copenhagen, Danish media reported on Monday.

Venstre rely on the support of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DPP), which made large gains as they took 20% of the vote in this year's election.

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Image caption Most of the migrants arriving in Denmark are from Syria, but some are from Iraq and African countries

The DPP's influence has led to the adoption of some of the toughest immigration policies seen in the EU in recent years.

Along with warning about benefits cuts, the Danish advert also highlights that "all rejected asylum seekers must be returned quickly from Denmark".

The DPP wants Denmark to leave the Schengen area - boosting border controls is one of its top issues - and to make it harder for EU migrants to claim benefits in other member states.

Denmark has already opted out of the EU's resettlement programme for asylum seekers.

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Image caption The advert appeared in at least two Lebanese newspapers

First- and second-generation immigrants form 12% of Denmark's 5.6 million population.

New rules reducing the benefits that asylum seekers can apply for were approved in July.

Single asylum-seekers without children will receive an integration benefit of 5,945 kroner (£582, €985) a month before tax, instead of the previous 10,849.

Married couples with children are able to apply for 16,638 kroner monthly, instead of the previous 28,832.

Immigrants who pass a Danish language test are to be entitled to a 1,500 kroner monthly bonus.

Lebanon has taken in more than one million Syrians fleeing from their conflict-torn country. Turkey is the only country to have taken more.