Vox Pop - iraqi asylum seekers
On April 2nd Team New Times hit the streets to get the opinion of Copenhagen residents. We asked people:
Here are about 400 rejected Iraqi asylum seekers in Denmark who don´t want to return home. What do you know about the security situation in Iraq?
What should the government do about the rejected Iraqi asylum seekers?
I know about the rejected Iraqi asylum seekers who do not want to return home from the previous election campaigns in November and I know about the security situation from the news.
I think they should work and have their own money, and not live in these centres as they affect the mental and psychological situations of the asylum seekers.
I’m a mother of a baby, I understand that the asylum seekers [can] live in such centres for short periods of time but I cannot imagine living in these centres for a long period of time.
I heard about the rejected asylum seekers.
I think the government should keep them here and give them permission to work and integrate into Danish society if they want to stay here. We should respect their religion and they should do the same for us.
I have only heard about the security situation in Iraq from the media, and I did not know about the rejected Iraqi asylum seekers who do not want to return home. I think the government should handle each case individually, but really it’s a difficult question.
I think these people should have a second chance. If I made the decision, I would not send them back, expect for the ones who have committed crimes. In addition, asylum seekers should live outside of camps.
I have a good idea of what is going on in Iraq. I know how it is now and how bad it is. There is too much foreign power involved in the region. The country is currently a battlefield for these foreign powers and of course there are refugees fleeing this country to all the other countries in the world.
Of course Denmark is included in this list of countries where refugees will head and the government should work with their knowledge and wisdom to take in these asylum seekers and treat them in a more realistic and humane way.
I think Iraq is a dangerous place and I know there are asylum seekers who do not want to return home. I think they should be allowed to get out of the camps and live a normal life, work and go to the folkeskole [state schools]. Camps are not a good place, especially for children.