About the Campaign

OUT OF THE CAMPS is a political campaign to improve conditions for asylum seekers in Denmark. The campaign has two aims.

  1. To ensure the right for every person seeking asylum in Denmark to live and work outside asylum camps after a maximum of six months.
  2. We want a new way to think and speak about refugees. We want to be a part of building solidarity, consciousness and understanding among the Danish population about the urgent need for a humane and just refugee and asylum policy in Denmark, as well as in Europe and globally.

For questions about the campaign, you may write to presse@outofthecamps.dk or campaign@outofthecamps.dk

 

We demand the right to live and work outside the asylum camps – for everyone!

In October 2011 the Danish government declared as a part of their political platform that “refugees must be treated with dignity” and that asylum seekers therefore shall have the opportunity to live and work outside of the asylum centres 1. A commission has been appointed to working until May, investigating the practical possibilities for a change of law.

It is a nice initiative – a step in the right direction. But if we examine the declaration more closely it becomes clear that it will not apply to rejected asylum seekers unless they cooperate with the police about their deportation. This implies, among other things, that he or she must sign an agreement to voluntarily return home.

The greater majority of people who have already lived for far too long in Danish asylum camps, are the exact same people who cannot be deported and who – according to the police – do not ‘cooperate’. This means that the people who are in the most dire desperate need of a life outside the camps, are already excluded from this right.

In reaction to this, the Trampoline House has initiated a political campaign for the right for all asylum seekers to live and work outside the asylum camps. As an independent and open community where asylum seekers leave the isolation and victimization of the camps, and create activities together with other residents, we think the time is ripe to more directly influence the politicians and the public. In the Trampoline House we hold knowledge and a practice of inclusion and cooperation across cultures, language and religion, which we would like to share with you. We know that concrete changes towards a more humane and just asylum system are necessary. Our campaign therefore has two aims:

  1. To ensure the right for every person seeking asylum in Denmark to live and work outside asylum camps after a maximum of six months.
  2. We want a new way to think and speak about refugees. We want to be a part of building solidarity, consciousness and understanding among the Danish population about the urgent need for a humane and just refugee and asylum policy in Denmark, as well as in Europe and globally.

We invite you all to participate – and hope, among other things, to see you at the demonstration in Copenhagen on May 13.

The Trampoline House and friends
www.trampolinehouse.dk

 




  1. Udvalget for Udlændinge- og Integrationspolitik 2011-12 UUI alm. del Bilag 72
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