Denmark announced it is planning to send rejected asylum seekers and foreigners convicted of crimes to a remote and hard to reach island off the Danish coast.
“They are unwanted in Denmark, and they will feel that,” Denmark's immigration minister, Inger Støjberg, posted in a statement on Facebook.
The New York Times reported that Lindholm Island is currently home to laboratories, stables and the crematory of a center for researching contagious animal diseases.
The announcement is the result of a deal between the center-right government and the right-wing Danish People’s Party and the group being relocated will also include foreigners convicted of crimes.
The anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party advocates for more restrictions on immigrants and refugees - a part of the deal requires the relocated migrants to check in daily with authorities or face prison time.
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“We’re going to minimize the number of ferry departures as much as at all possible,” Martin Henriksen, a spokesman for the Danish People’s Party on immigration, told TV 2. “We’re going to make it as cumbersome and expensive as possible.”