‘Prank’ road signs show refugees the way home

Road direction signs in Denmark have been tampered with to show refugees how to get home to Syria or Iraq.

The insulting signs even indicate how many kilometres away they are from the war-torn countries, and are clearly intended to inflame the immigration debate.


However, local politicians have played down the issue, saying the prank was just a good way of helping to “create a debate”.

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Sign of the times: One of the signs in Denmark points to Iraq, more than 5,300km away

The signs, which have since been removed, cropped up in the north of the country, near six refugee centres. No one has claimed responsibility for the stunt.

Many thousands of refugees are trying to settle Denmark, part of the many tens of thousands fleeing horrors back home in Syria and Iraq – but race tensions have been rising in the country.

Thisted resident, Signe Marguard Rønn, took the signs down after seeing them posted on social media. “I think it’s a shame that people who have travelled thousands of kilometres to reach safety are greeted with a sign that shows them the way back and sends a signal to ‘scram’,” she told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Meanwhile, Daniel Carlsen, leader of the far-right Danish People’s Party, thought the signs were good. “We have long planned a campaign in the city (Thisted). One must assume that it is people from the area who have put signs up and we support (them) obviously for it.”

Danish People’s Party leader posted this image to his Twitter page

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