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Denmark's asylum seeker numbers up again

The Local · 24 Jun 2015, 17:32

Published: 24 Jun 2015 17:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Jun 2015 17:32 GMT+02:00

New numbers released by the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen – DIS) on Wednesday revealed that May was another record month for the number of asylum seekers in Denmark.

Some 879 asylum seekers came to the country in May, which is the highest monthly figure in years. In comparison, there were 556 asylum seekers in April, and 723 in May last year.

See also: Danish ship rescues 222 boat refugees

The rising numbers indicate that 2015 may become another record year. According to DIS, 2,853 asylum seekers came to Denmark between January 1st and May 31st, 2014, whereas 2,995 have done so in the same period this year.

The number of asylum seekers in Denmark nearly doubled in 2014, with 14,815 people arriving in the course of the year compared to 7,557 asylum seekers in 2013. 

Part of the explanation stems from the fact that an increasing number of Eritrean citizens are being granted asylum following the uproar surrounding a DIS report that claimed that it was safe to send refugees back to Eritrea. That report was disavowed by its one and only named source and heavily criticized by those with knowledge of Eritrea. The government eventually admitted it had 'doubts' about the report and ultimately decided to grant refugee status to nearly all Eritreans seeking asylum in Denmark.  

See also: Denmark admits 'doubt' about Eritrea report

In March, Denmark welcomed only 21 Eritrean refugees, while the number increased to 76 in April and 214 in May.

The rising number of asylum seekers are unlikely to be a welcome development for Venstre leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen and his allies in the blue bloc.

See also: Løkke: We have a problem with integration

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Immigration and asylum were major themes throughout the recent election, with Rasmussen’s blue bloc campaigning on implementing tighter restrictions.

Rasmussen argued during the election that it would be too late to take action after the summer.

“We cannot wait till October because we know that it is in the summer months that the pressure is greatest. That’s why we have to take action now,” he said at a press conference the week before the election. 

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