The Danish parliament has backed a controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep.

Police will be able to seize valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner (1,340 euros; £1,000) from refugees to cover housing and food costs.

MPs also approved plans to delay family reunions for asylum seekers.

A spokesman for UN chief Ban Ki-moon criticised the decision, saying refugees deserved compassion.

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