Thursday June 14, 2018
Minister for Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark has an undisclosed agreement with Somalia to return
individuals to the Northeast African country, according to reports.
The agreement provides for up to 12 people to be returned to Somalia by Denmark annually, Politiken reported last year, but it has not been officially confirmed and details of individual cases have not been disclosed.
But one of the deportations that may have been carried out under the arrangement was reported by TV2 on Wednesday.
A woman from the Vollsmose neighbourhood in Odense told TV2
that she had been subject to attempted extortion by one or more
immigration officers in Somalia over the deportation of her son from
The woman, Saynab Iman Shikhow, is the mother of a man who was deported after being convicted for theft and selling drugs.
She said that she had received threatening telephone calls from men in
Somalia over the deportation, in which she was told her son would be
beheaded if she did not pay 10,000 dollars.
“These men that are threatening me now… If he is sent back to them it will be all over for him,” she told TV2.
After being initially deported in January, he is reported to have been
rejected by authorities in Somalia, who are said to have been
unconvinced he was a national of the African country. He was then sent
back to Denmark.
Shikhow said that she received the threatening calls while her son was
subsequently in prison in Denmark, where he now awaits a second
Opposition party the Social Democrats said clarification was needed over the issue.
“I think this sounds serious. Nobody should receive threats in a
situation like this, so we plan to contact Inger Støjberg and ask for a
confidential explanation of what is going on with this case,” the
party’s spokesperson for immigration issues Mattias Tesfaye told TV2.
The Ministry of Immigration and Integration stated via a written
message that the agreement between Denmark and Somalia was confidential
and that no further comment would be given.
“Denmark has, over an extended period, worked towards establishing a
partnership with Somalian authorities regarding the deportation of
Somalian citizens from Denmark to Somalia. This work is confidential at
the request of Somalia, so the ministry is unable to comment further,”
the ministry wrote to TV2.
The media reports it has obtained a document stating that an arrangement between the two countries is in effect.
The document notes that there is a “verbal agreement between the
Somalian authorities and the Danish authorities that has resulted in a
specific plan of action for compulsory deportations of Somalian citizens
without legal permission to reside in Denmark,” TV2 writes.
An MP from a second party, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), has called for more transparency over the arrangement.
“This asks fundamental questions about the arrangement Denmark has with
Somalia. Is this a functional Somalian government or a criminal network
trying to extort and exploit deported individuals?”, MP Nikolaj
TV2 reports it was unable to reach Støjberg for comment over the issue.