Vox Pop - Living outside the camps?
New Times hit the streets to interview people about the government’s initiative to allow long-term asylum families to live outside the centres.
“On October 23rd, the government announced that asylum seeker families could now live outside the asylum centres. What do you think about the possibility for families to move out of the centres and live on their own?”'
Jonna (55) Home help
I don't know what's best. It can be very difficult for the kids, if they first to get into Danish society and then are sent back to their home country. The problem will always exist as long as the rejected asylum seekers refuse to leave the country.
Ayhan (34) Chairman of Mangfoldigt.dk
It’s a half-baked idea, that is, it only solves half of the problem. Asylum seekers also need to be able to work because at the moment they have no money. I can’t imagine they’d feel very good about living in a block of flats unable to meet with their neighbours on equal terms.
Randi (26) Unemployed - on maternity leave
If an asylum seeking family's case could be processed faster then it would be good for them to get into society and have a more human everyday life. But it is a pity if they get too integrated just to be ripped out of this life again if they are sent home.
Jan (52) Postman
Actually, I think they should go home after being rejected by the refugee services and council. But okay, the kids can temporarily get a better life outside of the centers.
Lina (26) Student
I am not sure how it would work. You can’t just move people out into society. When immigrants come to Denmark they get offers to help them integrate for three years. Would they provide the same opportunities for asylum families moving into apartments?
Heidi (46) Bartender
I think it is a good idea, especially for those whose home countries won’t accept them and are faced with living endlessly in asylum centres. This is a good chance for them to lead somewhat normal lives.