Denmark’s Immigration Minister, has defended the agreement, but hastily added that the government was no longer in favor of importing more Africans.
Danish Radio reported that the Danish People’s Party (DF) – the country’s second biggest party – has demanded that the government suspend participation in the Marrakesh Declaration on immigration from Africa to Europe,
The DF says the government was too eager to join in May of this year. The Marrakesh Declaration was signed by 27 EU member states and 28 African countries. DF foreign spokesperson Martin Henriksen says he is concerned over confused wording in the Declaration regarding “legal migration and mobility”.
Despite the fact that the declaration is not legally binding, the DF wants to pull out until the exact demands on Denmark’s government are made clear, since the signatories agreed to work to improve opportunities for youths to come to Europe for employment or education.
“Firstly, we, the Danish People’s Party don’t really believe this is a fantastic idea. Secondly, this type of immigration affects Denmark’s social and cultural cohesion, and we’re currently having a larger discussion on whether there is any need to further facilitate the import of foreign labor,” Henriksen told Danish Radio.
Henriksen says he would be happy to join Hungarian leader Viktor Orban and other EU dissenters in rejecting the problematic declaration.
In 2017, Denmark received just 3 500 asylum applications – the lowest number since 2008 – but the Danish People’s Party believe conditions for would-be asylum seekers need to be made stricter.
Denmark’s governing coalition relies on the DF’s 37 parliament seats to secure a parliamentary majority.