Denmark Now Seizes the Assets of Refugees Seeking Asylum

European states have reacted in some of the most drastic ways yet to the continent’s biggest migration crisis since World War II, with Denmark enacting a law that allows police to seize refugees’ assets. Under the new Danish law, police will be allowed to search asylum seekers upon arrival in the country and confiscate any non-essential items worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,300) that have no sentimental value to their owner. The government said the procedure is intended to cover the cost of each asylum seeker’s treatment by the state, and mimics the handling of Danish citizens on welfare.