Danish police seize valuables from migrants under new law

Danish police have seized valuables from migrants for the first time since a controversial law went into force five months ago.

National police spokesman Per Fiig says the two men and three women carried dollars and euros worth a total of about 129,600 kroner ($19,300). They were arrested late Tuesday at Copenhagen's airport for using forged passports.

Fiig said in Thursday's statement the group, aged 26-35, immediately sought asylum.

Under the law, refugees and other migrants must hand over valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,490). It was intended to help cover migrants' housing and food costs while their cases are being processed, but also an attempt to reduce Denmark's appeal to migrants.

Critics say the legislation is degrading and inhumane.