Christ Tomlinson, Breitbart, February 28, 2019
The Danish government has refused to rule out forced deportations of Somalians without the right to stay in the country, although Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has said he would rather they left voluntarily.
“It is not my assessment that there are current challenges in Somalia that mean that we cannot see more compulsory deportations,” he added.
Some Danish politicians have raised doubts about the possibility of forced repatriations but, according to Rasmussen, a confidential informal agreement exists between the two countries.
The talks come after Danish migration minister Inger Støjberg called on Somalis to return to their country in December saying, “If you no longer need our protection and your life and health are no longer at risk in your home country, and specifically in Somalia, you must of course return home and rebuild the country from which you came from.”
Denmark is not the only country in the process of switching from receiving migrants to sending them back to their home countries. Last year, populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini declared that after stemming the flow of new arrivals he too would be focusing on deportations.