The chairman of the Refugee Board is now joining a debate on the security of Syrian refugees from Damascus.
The law is clear in relation to the deportation of Syrian refugees from the area around Damascus.
This is what the chairman of the Refugee Board, national judge Henrik Bloch Andersen, says in an interview with Berlingske on Friday.
Refugees from the area can thus return home if they are not individually persecuted, says Bloch Andersen.
This is because the conditions in the area are no longer so uncertain that they can justify a temporary protection status, he tells the newspaper.
– I have also followed the debate a bit, and although it can be interpreted as if it is a take-your-own-table to get asylum in Denmark, it is not the case, he says to Berlingske.
– The Refugee Board is there to assess whether there is a real risk for the persons who may return to their country of origin, and if this is not the case, we can not grant asylum.
The Refugee Board handles complaints about asylum-related decisions made by the Danish Immigration Service. The board is an independent, court-like body.
In a number of cases of principle, the committee has previously confirmed decisions in the Danish Immigration Service regarding refusal of asylum for refugees from the area.
Most recently, the case has been on the political agenda, as high school student Aya Abu-Daher, who fled Syria in 2015, has had her residence permit revoked.
It first has to discuss whether the conditions are actually safe. Both NGOs and government support parties have criticized the new practice.
The Danish Immigration Service informs Berlingske that there are a total of about 500 refugees with temporary protection status from the Damascus area, who this year could potentially have their residence permit revoked or denied.
The civil war in Syria broke out in March 2011. Prior to that, Syria had a population of approximately 22.4 million people.
But a large proportion of them have since been forced to flee both internally in Syria and abroad.
/ ritzau /