Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees, by Griff Witte in the Washington Post (a notably PC newspaper).

Ramslog decided on the spot that she would help: She ended up giving two young couples, a small child and a newborn baby a 120-mile ride in her cramped sedan to their destination in Sweden. “When we crossed the border, they rejoiced and cried,” she recalled.

In another context, Ramslog might be known as a good Samaritan. But the Danish government has a different term for her: convicted human smuggler.

Unlike with Jews fleeing Nazis or those fleeing the Communists, Denmark is no longer welcoming “refugees” from the Middle East:

The government slashed refugees’ benefits, then advertised the cuts in Lebanese newspapers. It has enabled police to confiscate refugees’ valuables, including cash and jewelry. And authorities have made it far more difficult for those already here to reunite with their families, upping the wait time from one year to three. …

“This country is falling apart,” said Poulsen, who is slim, blond and self-assured. “We used to have a safe, monocultural society. Now our welfare state is under huge pressure.”

As for Ramslog, she got fined by the Danish Government.

She said she responded that September day from instinct, not from any plan. At most, she thought she would drive the refugees, who desperately wanted passage to Sweden, a few miles up the road. “But then I kept thinking, ‘Oh, I’ll just go a little further,’ ” she recalled.

How can these people be so dumb? Can’t they smell a rat when refugees aren’t happy to stay in Denmark? Are they really refugees, seeking refuge, when they have already passed through several safe countries? Who took who for a ride?

hat-tip Matthew