Photos of a Danish police officer playing games with a Syrian refugee child went viral, but it didn't change the contradicting attitude of Denmark on the issue of Syrian refugees.
Denmark's Integration Minister Inger Støjberg said on Friday that she saw "simply no reason" to take in Syrian refugees and that Denmark will not take part in the EU's plan to settle 160,000 asylum seekers.
"We have an opt-out – it is very well-known that we won't participate in the redistribution of these 160,000 therefore I don't think this is in any way something dramatic from a Danish viewpoint," she said.
Denmark has also tried to scare off refuge seekers by advertising in four Lebanese newspapers with an unmistakable message: We don't want you in Denmark.
In the advertisements, Denmark announced cuts in provision and tighter regulations for refuge seekers. Social assistance would be reduced by up to 50 percent for new coming refugees, while receiving a permanent residence requires one to fully understand and speak Danish.