Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Odysseus Member for Denmark will be participating in the webinar.
UNDERSTANDING DENMARK’S ‘PARADIGM SHIFT’ AND THE WIDER IMPLICATIONS FOR AFFECTED REFUGEES AND EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
WEBINAR THURSDAY JANUARY 12th FROM 15:00 to 16:30 (CET)
For registration, please go to: https://www.humanrights.dk/events/understanding-denmarks-paradigm-shift-wider-implications-affected-refugees-european
This webinar, co-hosted by UNHCR Northern Europe and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), considers the consequences of Danish revocation practice under the ‘paradigm shift’, a series of legal and policy changes that have shifted Danish refugee policy away from its traditional orientation of long-term protection and support for integration towards a stronger focus on temporary protection arrangements and early return.
Since 2019, more than 1000 Syrians from Damascus province have had their protection need reassessed and, so far, around 100 have lost their protection in Denmark. However, as the Danish government does not presently carry out forced returns, refugees remain in Denmark in a return position or, in some cases, move on to other EU member states, such as Belgium, Holland and Germany, including to seek asylum.
This webinar discusses the impacts and implications of Denmark’s ’paradigm shift’ from a range of perspectives, including human rights law questions arising with respect to Danish revocation practice; the impact on Syrian refugees subject to the revocation process; and consequences for other EU states receiving Syrians from Denmark.
- Henrik M. Nordentoft, UNHCR: Welcome and brief overview of UNHCR’s position on temporary protection and cessation standards (5 min)
- Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Tracing the evolution of the ‘paradigm shift’ (10 min)
- Nikolas Feith Tan, Human rights law issues in the revocation process (10 min)
- Mahmoud Almohamad, Personal experiences of the revocation process (10 min)
- Marq Wijngaarden, Implications for Holland of Danish revocation practice (10 min)
- Jessica Schultz, Broader implications of the Danish case: The “return turn” in asylum policies in Europe (10 min)
Q&A moderated by Henrik M. Nordentoft, UNHCR (30 min)
The webinar also launches two reports on the topic, the Danish Institute for Human Rights report You can never feel safe: An analysis of the due process challenges facing refugees whose residence permit have been revoked and the TemPro report Refugees as future returnees? Anatomy of the ‘paradigm shift’ towards temporary protection in Denmark.