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Ai Weiwei Has Cancelled A Danish Show Over The Country's Harsh New Refugee Law

The new law requires refugees to hand over any valuables they'd managed to save in order to receive asylum.

Posted on January 27, 2016, at 1:01 p.m. ET

One of the world's most prominent artists, Ai Weiwei, has cancelled a show in Denmark to protest against the country's harsh new law requiring refugees to hand over their valuables in order to receive asylum.

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On Monday, the Danish parliament approved a law to seize assets or cash worth more than $1400 from asylum seekers and place a three-year wait on reuniting families.

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Supporters of the law argued it places refugees on the same footing as Danes, who must sell off their assets beyond a certain level in order to receive government financial assistance.

But critics, including the United Nations, say the law unfairly targets some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

In response to the law, the Chinese artist elected to shut down an exhibition of his works that had been scheduled to show at Copenhagen's Faurschou museum until April.

The artist announced the decision in posts on Facebook and Instagram that also indicated he had the support of gallery owner Jens Faurschou.

Ai, who was detained for months by Chinese authorities in 2011, has been working in the Greek islands to document the arrival of migrants and refugees from Syria and elsewhere into Europe.