Denmark approves plan to send unwanted migrants to 'virus' island

The Danish parliament is set to vote on a measure that would see migrants sentenced to deportation but unable to return home sent to a 20-hectare island.

    A plan to send migrants sentenced to deportation, but unable to return home due to risk of torture or execution to a tiny island is set to be approved by the Danish parliament.

    The island is currently used by scientists from the Technical University of Denmark to research swine flu and rabies vaccines, among others, earning it the nickname "Virus Island" from the right-wing Danish People's Party.

    The UN criticised the plan earlier this month and it is seen as a symptom of Denmark's increasingly hostile stance towards immigration.

    Al Jazeera's Katia Lopez Hodoyan reports.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    Demas Nwoko's structures are a model of culturally relevant and sustainable African design.

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.