Denmark Parliament expected to allow seizing valuables

COPENHAGEN: Denmark's Parliament is expected to vote allow police seizing valuables worth more than $1,500 from asylum-seekers to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases were being processed.

The bill is expected to pass Tuesday because the opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish People's Party — Denmark's largest and second largest parties — have endorsed it.

Amendments were made to the initial proposal, including raising the value of items the asylum-seekers can keep from 3,000 kroner ($440) to 10,000 kroner ($1,500). That brings it in line with welfare rules for Danes, who must sell assets worth more than 10,000 kroner before they can receive social benefits.

Denmark received about 20,000 asylum-seekers last year while neighboring Germany got 1.1 million and Sweden 163,000.