Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen allows the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to override the Danish Supreme Court. As Minister of Immigration, Inger Støjberg received the blessing of the Folketing to increase the Syrians’ period of residence from one to three years before family reunification could be granted. In addition, the Syrians were ordered to pay the costs of flying family to Denmark. The Supreme Court of Denmark concluded that Støjberg’s austerity measures to overcome a tsunami of family reunifications were in place. But when the EMD says the opposite, typical top politicians, reach Mette F., crawl to the cross. Why not point the political finger at supranational immigration in such a vital area as demographic development?
Mette F., as she is called, has decided to reopen the locks. It asks if she will profit politically on this at the national election next year. Many a Dane is tired of decades of unintegratable immigration, and the Syrians are definitely in the unintegratable group.
First some background information: In 2016, when the popular Inger Støjberg was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration for the Liberal Party, she put an end to the healthy opportunity for Syrian war refugees to pick up family members in Syria. Støjberg won a political majority in the Folketing that the Syrians had to wait three years before they could apply, not one as the rule had been. In addition, they were ordered to cover the costs of transport to Denmark for the family itself.
The alarm goes off
It was the more than 6,000 family reunions that caused the alarm bells to ring. In 2014, 1,438 Syrians received permits for family reunions. The following year, amounts to 6,562 family reunifications in the Syrian group exploded. Then the alarm went off in Støjberg’s office. This was even the year when Syrians still flocked to Denmark during the ongoing migration crisis.
On 16 January 2016, Støjberg had its amendments approved by the Folketing. This resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of reunions. From 1 January 2017 and up to and including 1 July 2021, only 2,404 permits were granted for family reunifications for Syrian refugees.
Over the last five years, this is well under half compared to 2015.
But now Mette F.’s government plans to shorten the time from three to years, in accordance with a ruling in the EMD which overruled the Danish Supreme Court’s treatment of this rule change. The Supreme Court upheld Støjberg, the EMD did not. Therefore, political leadership bends off. One is then obedient to supranational decisions, must know, and this despite the fact that the Syrians also only have temporary protection.
– All Syrians want to go home
A Syrian went high on the field when Støjberg’s proposal was knocked through in 2016. Nedal Hassen told DR (Danmarks Radio): «I can say this on behalf of myself and all other Syrians who have applied for family reunification: If the government implements these rules , then you can be sure that you will get rid of all Syrians, because then they will all go home. “
After all, this was a particular threat, as it appears that an admission of the basis for protection is not real.
The figures also speak against Hassen. In January 2016, 27,141 Syrians were registered as living in Denmark. In October 2021, the amount was as many as 44,454 Syrians.
In almost the same period, from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020, the number of convicted criminal Syrians has increased from a total of 1,033 people in 2016 to more than a doubling of 2,684 convicted Syrians in 2020.
Among the convicted Syrians, a total of 20 during the period have been convicted of rape.
The Social Democratic government is apparently putting international institutions before the nation’s best interests, when it comes to people with temporary protection and it is also peaceful in parts of Syria. The same can be said about Jonas Gahr Støre, who has visited Germany and promised Prime Minister Olaf Scholz that the close cooperation between Norway and Germany on energy supply must continue. And this is happening while people are freezing in the thousands of Norwegian homes and biting their nails with the next electricity bill in mind. Not much solidarity with the own people of any of these Social Democratic prime ministers.