The anti-mass migration populist Danish People’s party (DF) have proposed building a fence on the border with Germany after making a trip to Hungary.The DF announced they would like to see a border fence along the southern border with Germany which would include security cameras, barbed wire, and deportation zones for migrants.
Much like Hungary, the DF would see migrants claiming asylum held in the area near the border until their asylum claim had been processed, Focus Online reports.
The proposal bears a striking similarity to the Hungarian border fence. The DF recently visited Hungary in which the Danes were able to examine the effectiveness of the Hungarian barrier and were likely inspired.
The party says with the aid of a border fence they would be able to reduce the number of migrants coming into the country by 95 per cent.
“If the Germans have a problem with it, if they say that the refugees come from Greece or Austria, then they have to put their own border under control,” said DF Member of European Parliament (MEP) Anders Vistisen.
Danish politician and member of the government Morten Løkkegaard has called the proposal “absurd”. Løkkegaard added: “It makes no sense to build a three-metre-high wall in the middle of Europe.“
The DF are currently the second strongest faction in the Danish parliament, which is currently ruled by a minority government lending some weight to the proposal.
A prominent member of the party called for toppling the minority government last year in order to push through legislation that would temporarily ban Muslim immigration. The party has also expressed interest in getting Denmark out of the European Union and holding a referendum on the country’s membership.
The Hungarian border fence was one of the first physical barriers to be erected as a result of the migrant crisis in 2015. Since then, the Hungarians have built a second barrier and have greatly increased the number of border guards on their southern border with Serbia.
Hungary has also been adamant in resisting the EU’s plans to redistribute migrants from Italy and Greece along with several other Central European countries.
As a result of the policy, along with detaining all asylum seekers, the political bloc has threatened to enact sanctions on the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Hungary, along with Poland, has been given a deadline of June to start letting in more migrants.