Denmark: The government proposes that in the future, courts should be able to take back Danish citizenship

In future, the country’s courts must be able to deprive Danish citizenship of more criminals than is the case today.

This is stated in a bill that the Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs sent for consultation on Thursday.

According to the proposal, that punishment can be brought into play in connection with, for example, terrorist attacks aimed at the supply of drinking water.

Also in the case of very extensive drug crime and major hacker attacks on payment systems, the courts must be able to deprive the convicted person of Danish citizenship.

The proposal should make it possible to revoke citizenship by judgment if a person with dual citizenship has committed a criminal act which is to the serious detriment of the vital interests of the state.

“If people commit very serious crimes that jeopardize the vital interests of the state, then I believe it is our job to give the courts the opportunity to deport people and give them a ban on entry,” said Foreign Minister for Immigration and Integration Matthias Tesfaye (S ).

The bill will only cover people with dual citizenship.

Today, the courts can revoke Danish citizenship in cases of treason and terrorism. That legislation has been in force since 2004.

“It is true that of course it is harsh punishments. But it is also a punishment that makes it possible to deport them and give them an entry ban. Then we are sure that they are not in Kastrup two months later and would like to enter the country again, “says Matthias Tesfaye.

The Minister adds that in his eyes it is about taking care of Danish society.

It will still be up to the courts who must have had their Danish citizenship revoked.

“It is not hundreds of people who will be deprived of their citizenship. Fortunately, we do not have that many who commit such serious crimes, “says Mattias Tesfaye.

“But I hope we get a signal to extremist circles that the price is very high for committing this type of crime,” he added.

The bill has a consultation deadline of 13 January 2022. The bill is expected to be submitted to the Folketing in the second half of January 2022.

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