Denmark announces plan to withdraw citizenship from criminal gang members

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Denmark announces plan to withdraw citizenship from criminal gang members
(ARKIV) Fakkeloptog mod banderne på Nørrebro i København som starter på Blågårds Plads og efter en gåtur slutter på Den Røde Plads med taler mandag den 14. august 2017. Et landsdækkende forbud mod banden Loyal To Familia træder tirsdag øjeblikkeligt i kraft, oplyser politiet. Det skriver Ritzau, tirsdag den 4. september 2018.. (Foto: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix)

Gangsters could lose their Danish citizenship under a new change to the law proposed by the government.


Dual nationals who are convicted of serious crimes in connection with their association with a gang would lose their Danish passports if the proposal becomes law.

An agreement for changes to existing citizenship rules, announced earlier this week, required parliament to look into the possibility of revoking citizenship entirely from Danish nationals who have committed crimes.

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Offences which would qualify an individual for retraction of their citizenship would be “serious gang crimes that are seriously damaging to the state’s vital interests,” the Ministry of Immigration and Integration said in a statement.


Current laws allow citizenship to be revoked, but for a smaller range of serious crimes against the state including terrorism or acting for a foreign militant group against Danish interests.

In the statement, released Wednesday evening, the government said it wanted a legal option to “withdraw citizenship from gang members who take part in gang conflicts to be used as widely as possible within the boundaries of Denmark’s international obligations”.

According to immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye, organised crime in Denmark is “very severe”.

Such crime “destroys local communities and creates feelings of insecurity for Mr and Mrs Denmark,” he added in the statement.


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