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Committee: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Country: Kingdom of Denmark

Topic: Regulation on treatment of refugees attempting to cross borders

Using Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean countries as an open gate, over 1 million people are spreading into the territories of Europe requesting shelter. They claim their rights to be granted asylum on the basis of their status of refugees, stateless people, IDPs and asylum seekers – according to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which has progressively expanded the personal scope of such protection.

Denmark has always led the way on refugee protection, human rights and development aid. But when President Rasmussen suggested last year that the 1951 Refugee Convention should be revised so that refugees would not be able to apply for asylum had they travelled through a safe third country, many voices rose against it. Nonetheless, now that pro-refugee countries are receiving hundreds of unregistered people entering their territory, the Danish asylum and immigration policy is being taken as a model to follow.

Any foreign citizen present in Denmark has the right to request asylum, regardless of whether he or she is in Denmark legally. The application process is c...