Immigration minister Inger Støjberg has twice requested the support of fellow European nations to put pressure on the UN to revise the protocol, so it is easier to withdraw or block a stateless person’s access to citizenship.
Back in 2015, the right-wing Danish People’s Party vowed to push through the reform but it failed to gain the necessary support from other nations who have committed to the convention.
In June, Ms Støjberg launched another bid as she appealed to Belgium, Finland, France, Holland, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Norway and Austria to back her demand to make it easier to make someone stateless if they have committed a crime or are suspected of being a threat to national security.
The letter, which was sent to the Danish Embassies in the mentioned countries, the cabinet minister asked the nations to back several reforms to the current statelessness protocol, which included:
Inger Støjberg has demanded the UN statelessness convention should be reformed
- Reducing the current time period before being able to withdraw a stateless person’s citizenship if they have committed a crime to two and a half years. Currently, the convention has set out a five-year minimum.
- Being able to revoke a person’s citizenship if they are suspected of having committed a crime against state security, as the convention states only a person convicted of a crime against state security can have their citizenship withdrawn.
Denmark’s call for a revision of the protocol has been met with little to no support despite their neighbouring countries regularly debating how to deal with returning foreign fighters.
However, Ms Støjberg vowed she would not back down until the changes have been pushed through the UN.
Denmark closed its borders after the migrant crisis started despite being a Schengen member
We will not give citizenship to people who may be a danger to national security
”We will not give citizenship to people who may be a danger to national security, and the government will continue the work to get the stateless convention changed,” she said.
The new appeal to have the convention changed comes as the immigration minister has implemented a series of measures to halt the influx of immigrants to Denmark.
The decision to implement strict border control was blasted by the European Union, however it later admitted in a report that the decision of Denmark and other EU and EEA members to protect their own borders had been necessary.
According to the so-called Schengen Borders Code, member countries can impose temporary border controls within the otherwise borderless Schengen area for up to two years.
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Despite Brussels chiefs admitting the tough control was needed, it has repeatedly urged Denmark to reopen its borders.
Conceding to the demand, European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoaulos granted the extension until January 2017.
He said: "We have one clear priority and determination: to safeguard Schengen and to restore a normally functioning Schengen area as soon as the conditions allow for it.
“This is why, we recommend to maintain, for a strictly limited period of time, coordinated and proportionate internal border controls at some Schengen borders.”