Refugees suffer in Denmark centers

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:46:27 GMT
Asylum seekers in Denmark suffer from poor psychological living conditions in a country where immigration policies are believed by some to be the strictest in Europe.

The Ellebaek Institution for Detained Foreigners is one of the centers where foreign refugees face serious psychological problems and the number of asylum seekers who attempt suicide is one the rise.

Despite being located near the Sandlohm Asylum Center, Ellebaek is very different in the manner in which it treats refugees.

While the Red Cross has representatives in Sanlohm and the psychological condition of refugees is closely observed, those living in the Ellebaek center suffer from serious mental and emotional problems.

According to Amnesty International, some 29 asylum seekers attempted suicide in Ellebaek last year.

Denmark was among the first countries to adopt the UN Refugee Convention in 1951.

In recent years, however, Amnesty International, the Danish Refugee Council, representatives from the European parliament and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have criticized Copenhagen's treatment of asylum seekers.


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