A group of young Danes try to change the asylum laws
Interview with Serena Hebsgaard spokesperson for the group Børnebørn for Asyl (translated: Grandchildren for Asylum):
Why did the group start?
Our group discussed the situation for many reasons, due to phobic asylum policies in Denmark and the rise of the number of asylum seekers because of the war in Syria. The rise of ISIL in Iraq also war in Afghanistan and others. The number of refugees has risen in the world drastically. The number of refugees fleeing violence are more than 50 million- the highest since World War II. Harsh laws of asylum in Denmark make it hard and the problem is escalating to tragic levels.
What type of activities you do?
We try to have demonstration activity each month. Part of our ideology to promote awareness on asylum issues and to try to influence the Danish public opinion on the discourse on asylum policy.
An example are Zakaria and Mustafa, two Afghan brothers. They are rejected asylum seekers. They came to Denmark three years ago and are now on the deportation list. Mustafa is a minor, 15 years old, and Zakaria is now 23 years old. We protested in the airport on the day of their deportation with Grandparents for asylum Group. Zakaria and Mustafa were motivated by our actions and they refused to board the plane, a lot of noise and screaming and the pilot refused to have them on board. They are now in Sandholm Center.
How can you help these families?
By protesting and making our opinion visible and writing and telling people about concrete cases.
What we saw in the airport when the pilot refused to take Mustafa to Afghanistan has motivated us. The politicians make rules about people they don’t know anything about at all and individuals they have never met.
Why this name?
We chose this name because of the already existing group Grandparents for Asylum. Also because everybody is a grandchild of someone.