As the rest of Europe, Denmark experience the largest influx of refugees in more than 20 years. Government officials deny and approve asylum seekers on a daily basis. Hard choices that might cause death and torture for those sent back based on an incorrect adjudication. But on what grounds are these decisions made? Who deserves and who does not deserve asylum in Denmark?
Some criteria's are evident from Danish law and international conventions. But most asylum-cases are not only about legal paragraphs, but also about the credibility of the individual asylum-seeker. Personal details about politics, faith and sexuality can be crucial when the case ultimately ends up in front of the Danish Refugee Appeals Board.
Four unique performances
PARADOX INTERTAINMENT has created 4 unique performances, that let you experience the system from within. Every evening we present a new asylum-story. You - the audience - play the part of the Danish Refugee Appeals Board. To whom will you grant asylum? Who will you deny?
Spring of 2015 “Welcome to Denmark” was performed in central Copenhagen, Politikens hus.
It is presently touring Denmark. Dates will be published on this website.
Ph.D. in human rights and member of the Danish Refugee Appeals Board:
Thomas Gammeltoft Hansen.
Actor and author: Mehrdad Zamani
Actor and producer: Henriette Rosenbeck
Asylumseekers as themselves: Zach Khandudu, Asif Danishyar, Noura Bittar Søborg and Shahin Eskandari.