Zero asylum seekers: The new Danish law (not) on asylum

The recently adopted amendments to the Danish Aliens Act respond to the expressly declared intent to stop people seeking asylum in Denmark. The national government intends to reach this goal by handing the whole international protection processing over faraway third countries, neglecting its obligations in the field of human rights, migration and asylum. This contribution first explores the peculiar migration and asylum system in place in the country, which is not bound to almost the entire EU legislation on the matter. Second, it offers an overview of the main features of this new, highly controversial, law.

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Chiara Scissa is a Ph.D student in Law at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies with a research project on environmental migration and she holds a Master's degree with honours in International Cooperation and the Protection of Human Rights at the University of Bologna, where she also worked as Project Assistant in EU-funded migration-related projects. Previously, she collaborated with the University Milano-Bicocca and the Global Campus of Human Rights towards the realization of projects and courses on the fundamental rights of migrants and asylum seekers in EU law and their vulnerability at sea.