The war between Israel and Lebanon has become an issue in Danish domestic politics. On Tuesday the foreign policy spokesman of the Danish People’s Party, Søren Espersen, called for an investigation into the economic status of the Danish citizens that have been or are waiting to be evacuated from Lebanon.
In the press release and in an interview with the Danish newspaper Politiken, Espersen implies (of cause without stating it openly – he is too experienced with political propaganda to do that) that a large proportion of the Danish citizens who were in Lebanon at the time illegally received unemployment benefits or other forms of public support.
In shrewd political move, the Liberal Minister of Employment Claus Hjorth Frederiksen said that this kind of investigation couldn’t be performed by the state but was the business of unemployment funds and local authorities. Frederiksen nevertheless welcomed such an investigation.
According to the Danish Foreign Office, around 4.100 Danish citizens had been evacuated to Damascus from the beginning of the crisis until Tuesday.
It is a reasonable guess that a large majority of these have a background as Palestinian refugees or descendants of refugees who came to Denmark during the late 1980s.