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Denmark: Blasphemy Law Repealed

(July 6, 2017) On June 8, 2017, the Danish Parliament repealed the blasphemy provision in the Danish Penal Code. The repeal took effect on the day after publication in the Lovtidende (Danish official gazette), i.e., on June 10, 2017.  (Lov om ændring af straffeloven, LOV nr 675 af 08/06/2017 [Law on Amending the Penal Code, […]

Denmark: List of Religious Extremists Banned from Denmark Published

(June 21, 2017) On June 15, 2017, Denmark edited its “National Sanction List” of religious preachers who are prohibited from entering Denmark.  The original list, created on May 2, 2017, by the Danish Immigration Service, bans extreme religious advocates from entering Denmark.  The list is instituted by virtue of an amendment to the Aliens Act […]

Denmark: Admission of Quota Refugees Stopped, Additional Measures Taken to Limit Asylum Seekers

(Nov. 10, 2016) On August 30, 2016, the Danish Government announced a temporary halt of its acceptance of quota refugees. Although Denmark has continuously received quota refugees since 1972, this move comes as one of many recent measures intended to stem the number of immigrants into Denmark. Denmark has typically received approximately 500 quota refugees […]

Denmark/European Court of Human Rights: Violation of Human Rights by Differentiation Among Danes for Family Reunification Purposes

(Aug. 5, 2016) On May 24, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber, sitting en banc, issued a ruling on the Biao v. Denmark case, finding that Denmark had violated article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights by having different rules for family reunification of Danes depending on how long […]

Denmark: Court Strips Terrorist of Danish Citizenship

(June 13, 2016) On June 8, 2016, the Danish Supreme Court decided that convicted terrorist Said Mansour, who holds dual Moroccan and Danish citizenship, will lose his Danish citizenship, affirming the appellate court verdict. (Højesterets dom [Supreme Court Verdict] (June 8, 2016), Case No. 211/2015, Supreme Court website.)  The case is the first of its […]

Denmark: Green Card Law Amended

(May 25, 2016) Denmark has reversed a proposed change to the law that covers the country’s “Green Card Scheme” and will now allow current holders of green cards to apply to have their status extended until June 10, 2018. The revision will come into force on June 10, 2016, and will permit current holders of […]

Denmark: Law to Stem Asylum-Based Immigration

(Feb. 1, 2016) On January 26, 2016, the Danish Parliament, in a vote of 81 to 27 (with 70 absentees), adopted several measures meant to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in Denmark. (Forslag til lov om ændring af udlændingeloven [Bill of the Law on Amending the Aliens Act] (final text of the proposal […]

Denmark: Tougher Requirements for Acquiring Danish Citizenship Through Naturalization

(Oct. 23, 2015) On October 5, 2015, Danish politicians announced an agreement on new, tougher rules for acquiring Danish citizenship through naturalization. (Steen A. Jørgenssen, Regeringen indgår bred aftale om skrappere krav for statsborgerskab, JYLLANDSPOSTEN (Oct. 5, 2015).) The final agreement entered into force on October 15, 2015. (Udlændinge-, Integrations- og Boligministeriet [Ministry of Immigration, […]

Denmark: Dual Citizenship Recognized

(Oct. 16, 2015) On September 1, 2015, with the entry into force of amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Denmark started recognizing dual citizenship. (Lov om ændring af lov om dansk indfødsret, LOV nr 1496 af 23/12/2014 [Act on Amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Law No. 1496, Dec. 23, 2014], RESINFORMATION.DK.) The […]

Denmark; Lebanon: Danish National Sentenced in Lebanon for Joining ISIS

(Sept. 9, 2015) A court in Lebanon has sentenced a Danish national to three years of imprisonment for fighting on the side of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). According to the defendant’s attorney, Fawaz Zakaria, the man was convicted on charges of joining ISIS in Syria and taking part in an attack […]