Copenhagen police have managed to stop a desperate man from setting himself alight at the offices of the Refugee Appeals Board.
According to police, the man entered the office shortly after noon and complained that his application had been denied.
He then poured petrol over himself and threatened to light himself with a lighter he was carrying.
In The Netherlands, not long ago (in April this year), Kambiz Roustayi, an Iranian asylum seeker set himself on fire in front of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. As a result of his wounds, he died a day later. He had already been talking about committing suicide while he was in detention at the asylum seekers center, but there was no mental health care available to him. He had grown despondent about his rejected application and saw no way out except from self immolation.
This, sadly, is all too common a reality for many refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants trying to acquire a documented status in Europe.