Denmark :Government investigates whether refugee afghan children can be returned
The Minister of Justice, Morten Bødskov, confirms that Denmark is negotiating an agreement with Afghan authorities that will make it possible to send refugee children back to so-called reception centres in Afghanistan. The negotiations include help in tracing family members and reintegration. The Government will decide whether or not to sign the agreement when there is clarity over if it is possible to enter such a deal, Bødskov confirms. The Government’s plan faces stiff criticism from a wide range of organizations, such as the Danish Red Cross and Save the Children. The latter organization states that it is in violation of children’s rights. The organizations are surprised that the new Government is working to send back refugee children, considering that a year ago, the current Government parties voted against the bill to create controversial reception centres for Afghan refugee children.
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