Stop Government From Seizing Valuables From Refugees

Target: Denmark Justice Minister Søren Pind

Goal: Stop government-sanctioned thievery of valuables from refugees as they’re entering the country.

Refugees entering Denmark could have any valuables seized by the government that are valued at $440 or more. This is supposed to help fund the efforts to house and care for refugees, but if the nation’s government really wanted to help these people, it wouldn’t have cut federal funding for supporting them in half. Plus, Denmark hasn’t yet accepted 18,000 refugees when the neighboring nation of Sweden has taken in 190,000 this year without stealing from them.

Danish Justice Minister Søren Pind claims that this policy would only be enforced for a refugee who tried to enter with a “case full of diamonds.” However, if that’s true, then why is the minimum dollar amount so low? This sounds more like an excuse to steal any remaining valuables from desperate people who have lost everything.

It’s absolutely unconscionable to take valuables from refugees in exchange for providing them with their basic needs as they attempt to rebuilding their lives from absolutely nothing. Critics have already slammed this proposal as utterly inhumane. It may also be a tactic to try and discourage refugees from coming to Denmark. Sign this petition to tell the Danish government to reject this proposal and leave the valuables of desperate refugees alone.


Dear Justice Minister Pind,

I understand that the Danish government is currently considering passing a bill that would make it legal for authorities to confiscate valuables from refugees entering the country. You’ve said that this is only in the case that someone tried to enter with a “case full of diamonds,” yet the minimum threshold for confiscation is $440. Obviously, that’s a lot less than the worth of a bunch of diamonds.

It’s completely inhumane to steal the last valuables from refugees fleeing war and leaving everything else behind. If the Danish government hadn’t cut the funding for supporting refugees in half during one of the worst years for refugees in a long time, it wouldn’t need to try and rob these people in order to make up for budget shortfalls that make it difficult to give them what they need to live.

It’s clear that you’re simply trying to deter refugees from entering Denmark due to callous government greed that will inevitably leave some of the most desperate people in the world out in the cold. You’ve accepted less than 18,000 refugees this year when Sweden has accepted 190,000, so don’t act like you can’t do more. We demand that the Danish government reject this proposal and keep its hands off the possessions of refugees.


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Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov

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