Denmark — one of the richest countries in the world — passed a controversial ‘jewellery bill’, which would allow them to confiscate valuables from the refugees seeking asylum for their stay in the country. International human rights organisations have criticised this move of the country that has taken in a record 20,000 refugees so far. And Denmark isn’t the only country to do so — Switzerland also came under satirical fire for announcing that refugees turn over assets over $1,000 or more to fund their stay.
Most refugees — fleeing unrest in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq — have already been impoverished during the mass migration. “Most (refugees) have lost everything and yet this legislation appears to say that the few fortunate enough to have survived the trip to Denmark with their few remaining possessions haven’t lost enough,” the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) told Huffington Post, mirroring criticism from many organizations.
Several protesters took to Twitter using satirical accounts and tweets to highlight the absurdity of the move.
BREAKING: Switzerland announces plan to take 1 kidney from every refugee. “It’s unfair they have 2,” says minister. pic.twitter.com/aJmPpW4pKa
— Save Switzerland (@SaveSwitzerland) January 26, 2016
Danish radio station P3-DR released a fake video in the format of a PSA, turning the policy on its head by seeking help for old Danish citizens who — several people commented on Facebook — were being ignored in a bid to accommodate the refugees. It features a fictitious organisation called ‘Adopt-A-Dane Foundation’ — a tongue-in-cheek reference to the dog breed Great Dane. Watch it here.
“Old people are not a burden. They are a wonderful gift. In Africa, we cherish our old people,” says the founder of Adopt-A-Dane Foundation before a hard hitting remark, “Sure, we might have contaminated water, epidemics and lack electricity. But it seems from the Facebook comments that old Danes are worse off.”