The Syrian state news agency SANA published a story on April 17 asserting that Denmark was telling Syrian refugees it’s safe to return to their home country. The claims were staked on the appearance of advertising billboards in the Danish capital of Copenhagen with a message aimed at refugees.
“‘Now you can return home to sunny Syria, your homeland needs you’ is a phrase spread widely on billboards in the streets of Copenhagen, the Danish capital, in a campaign that confirms the fact that Syria became safe after most of its territories have been liberated from terrorism and aims to encourage Syrian refugees to return to their homeland.”
This message from Syrian officials is highly misleading.
The number of Syrian refugees in Denmark since the start of the war in 2011 is about of 32,000, although some estimates put the figure as high as 35,000. On April 14, reports emerged that the Danish government refused to renew the temporary residency permits of at least 189 Syrian refugees.
Danish authorities justify this move based on their claim that safety in Syria has “improved significantly.” According to a BBC report on April 19, Denmark is examining the cases of 461 refugees from the Damascus area, and 350 from the surrounding area.