Image: “Does the government even consider us human beings? Because hearing what they are saying, I don't feel human anymore." Aya Abu Daher, who has been told to return to Syria
Aya is one of at least 380 Syrian refugees in Denmark who has been told to return to Syria, after the Danish Immigration ministry decided that Damascus and its surrounding area are safe for refugees to return. Danish authorities are expected to revoke the residencies of hundreds more Syrians in the coming months.
The fact is, no part of Syria is safe to return to. To this day the Syrian regime continues to kill, detain, and torture thousands of civilians. By stripping Syrian refugees of protection, Denmark is tearing families apart and putting hundreds of people at risk – people who have already fled a brutal war and survived unimaginable human rights abuses.
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Denmark’s decision is an attempt to appease far-right parties whose influence has been increasing. It’s part of prime minister Mette Frederiksen’s “zero asylum seekers” agenda. This racist decision sets a dangerous precedent for other countries that host refugees. The Danish government won’t negotiate with the criminal Assad regime, so refugees have been told either to return 'voluntarily’ to Syria or be moved into prison-like deportation camps – far from their friends, work and education.
Over the past weeks, refugees like Aya have been speaking out in the Danish press and on social media, and their stories are now being taken up by politicians and international media. Together, we can pile on a huge wave of public pressure until Denmark reverses this dangerous move – before Aya and others are forced into deportation camps, or back to Assad’s torture state.