The majority of people in Britain would support controversial measures to take valuables off refugees arriving in the country, following similar moves to do so in Denmark. Danish politicians passed a new law at the end of January which allows border officials to seize cash and assets from would-be asylum seekers to help pay for their stay.
Opponents said the law amounted to a “symbolic move to scare people away”, while the UN warned Denmark risked “fuelling fear and xenophobia”. But according to a new YouGov poll, 54 per cent of Britons would either support or strongly support a similar law in the UK. Only 8 per cent of respondents said they strongly opposed the idea, which has been compared to the Nazi-era policy of stripping valuables from Jews.