Denmark is set to send convicted foreign criminals to 17-acre remote island in move slammed by opposition parties
- Finance Minister Kristian Jensen said criminals will be housed on Lindholm
- It is a 17-acre island, approximately one and a half miles from Danish mainland
- The proposal secured after the backing of anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party
- The policy has been strongly criticised by opposition leaders and by social media users
Foreign criminals in Denmark are going to be imprisoned on a remote prior to being deported, as part of new plans announced by the government.
Finance Minister Kristian Jensen, from centre-right party Venstre, said criminals will be housed on Lindholm, a 17-acre island in Stege Bay, approximately one and a half miles from the Danish mainland.
The facility will house rejected asylum seekers convicted of crimes as well as foreign citizens who do not have permission to stay but cannot be deported, as reported by The Telegraph.
Finance Minister Kristian Jensen, from centre-right party Venstre, said criminals will be housed on Lindholm (pictured), a 17-acre island, approximately one and a half miles from the Danish mainland.
Funding for the proposal was secured after the backing of the right wing Danish People’s Party (DK), who tweeted about the new policy alongside a cartoon.
The tweet said: ‘Expelled, criminal aliens have nothing to do in Denmark.
‘Until we can get rid of them, we now move them out on the island Lindholm in Stege Bay, where they will be obliged to stay at the new exit centre at night.
‘And there will be police present around the clock.’
The tweet was accompanied by a cartoon of a man being transported by boat to a desert island.
A number of social media users described the new policy and cartoon as ‘racist’, while others praised the new plans.
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Kristian Jensen, said inhabitants will ‘not be imprisoned.’
He added: ‘There will be a ferry service to and from the island, but the ferry will not operate around the clock, and they must stay at the departure centre at night.
‘That way we will be better able to monitor where they are.
‘There are more limits to how much you can move around when you are on a deserted island.
‘You are in principle obliged to remain on the island.
‘So we will have more control over where they are.’
‘It is a problem for us that we can see that some foreigners who have in fact been sentenced to deportation are still committing crimes, and we have no way of monitoring them.
Uffe Elbaek, from the environmentalist Alternative party, criticised the new policy, he said: ‘The green government I want to lead would never force people on to a deserted island,’ ‘Inhuman politics are creating a completely different Denmark to the Denmark I love.’
The policy has been heavily criticised by opposition parties, according to Danish news website The Local.
Uffe Elbaek, from the environmentalist Alternative party said:
‘The green government I want to lead would never force people on to a deserted island,’
‘Inhuman politics are creating a completely different Denmark to the Denmark I love.’
Morten Østergaard, leader of the Social Liberals also criticised the policy calling it ‘symbolic politics without an end.’
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