Denmark expected to allow seizing asylum-seekers' valuables

COPENHAGEN - Denmark's Parliament is expected to vote allow police seizing valuables worth more than $1,500 from asylum-seekers to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases were being processed.

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The bill is expected to pass Tuesday because the opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish People's Party - Denmark's largest and second largest parties - have endorsed it.

Amendments were made to the initial proposal, including raising the value of items the asylum-seekers can keep from 3,000 kroner ($440) to 10,000 kroner ($1,500). That brings it in line with welfare rules for Danes, who must sell assets worth more than 10,000 kroner before they can receive social benefits.

Denmark received about 20,000 asylum-seekers last year while neighbouring Germany got 1.1 million and Sweden 163,000.


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