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Denmark Sets Limits on Immigration

June 01, 2002|From Reuters

COPENHAGEN — After a long and heated debate, Denmark's parliament passed a controversial plan Friday to limit immigration.

The center-right government's bill, making it more difficult to obtain asylum and cutting welfare for immigrants, was passed with votes from the vehemently anti-immigrant Danish People's Party.

The party became the third-largest in parliament in November elections after an anti-immigrant campaign.

The law, which Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen says could be a model for Europe, was passed just days after France and Germany made a joint appeal to tighten European immigration in an effort to prevent Europe's far right from exploiting the issue at the ballot box.

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