Danish people care about refugees

Last weekend the Danish people showed how they feel about the refugee crisis and it is very different to the image the newly elected minority Government would like the world to see. On Saturday 40,000 people joined a demo outside Christiansborg (the Danish parliament) to push home the message that the general population do not stand for the message the Danish government is putting out there and to show a positive stance on welcoming refugees.

The photo below (and there are many others here) went viral showing a Danish police officer playing with a refugee child on the closed motorway last week. Sadly the reactionary press in the UK chose not to report on either story so left readers with the message all Denmark is doing is putting anti refugee ads in foreign media and opting out of the quota system.

danish police man and refugee

Photo credit: Scanpix

At the main station there is a volunteer welcome point for refugees coming in on trains from Germany – they have clothes, food and prams etc ready for the newly arrived refugees and are helping them forward to either Sweden or the reception centres here in the greater Copenhagen area. The welcome point is most in need of food and drink and also cash. At present they can’t actually actively collect money but you can pop by and put money in the cups on the desk. This money is mainly used to buy transport tickets to Sweden and also food and drink. Like the collection point I went to a few weeks ago, there is no formal organisation here, volunteers turn up and get to work. The area is manned 24 hours a day so there is plenty of need for volunteers. It was quiet when I popped by at 8.30 in the morning but the volunteers told me it had been a busy night and expected later in the day to be the same. We went back around 4pm just as a group of newly arrived refugees were arriving.IMG_1971People are still actively donating clothes, toys and other material things across the city and the main sorting area for this is at Solbakken Kollegiet, Rektorparken 12, 2450 København SV. They are in desperate need for more hands here too so if you have a couple of hours to spare then do consider helping out there.IMG_1972Finally this is a fantastically coordinated group on Facebook called Help us help the refugees so consider joining this group for more information as to where you can help. Practical help is the most important thing at the moment, I am sure the emphasis will change as the refugees become more settled.IMG_1975

3 thoughts on “Danish people care about refugees

  1. The title of this should be “Some Danish people in copenhagen care about refugees” The majority of the country, well, doesn’t.

    Denmark has registered about 5500 refugees in the first half of 2015 (which is about the same as in 2014). Thats not even half of what arrives in Germany in one day!
    They closed all train connections from Germany because 300 refugees arrived in Rødby to travel to Sweden and kept them there as long as possible (the law allows up to 3 days). People now are taking direct ferries from Germany to Sweden to avoid those troubles. Also Denmark is now controlling the German border so there won’t be any significant numbers arriving by train anymore which probably explains why ther aren’t many refugees to be seen in and around the main train station.

    Haven’t you already wondered why the policeman in the first picture is playing with the child on a CLOSED road? Right, it is closed to keep them from going anywhere.
    But lets just spread nice pics like this on facebook and keep on pretending. This is all quite sad

  2. We happened to be in the Central Station in Copenhagen Sept 14 and then later on a train from Malmo to Stockholm with the refugees. I realize that this is a complex issue, but it was heart warming to see the response of both Danish and Swedish people.

    As a note, are the photos public domain? I’m trying to put together info on our little trip. — Thanks.

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