Is it safe for Syrian refugees to be sent back as Denmark claims? Interview with Nadia Hardman from Human Rights Watch
In this episode of The Source, we interview Nadia Hardman, who is a researcher in the Refugee and Migrants Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. We talk about the decision of the Danish social democratic government to send Syrian refugees home as the Damascus area is deemed safe. A decision, which is based on reports by the Danish Immigration Service. However, 11 of the 12 experts cited in a 2019 report have distanced themselves from its findings. This has sparked international criticism. We examine whether the Damascus area is safe and how it will affect the lives of the Syrian refugees in Denmark, if they do not choose to go back. Finally, we discuss the Danish immigration policies – Denmark recently signed a migration agreement with Rwanda, leading to speculation that it intends to open an asylum-processing facility there – and how they might affect other countries to do the same.
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Nadia Hardman is a researcher in the Refugee and Migrants Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, monitoring and documenting human rights abuses against asylum seekers, refugees, and migrant populations. She is a qualified UK lawyer with a Masters in Human Rights from University College London.