PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen leaves Wednesday's press conference after promising a new set of refugee restrictions. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix
At a Wednesday press conference, PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen said his government will introduce new initiatives aimed at bringing down the number of refugees and migrants who come to Denmark.
“Far too many immigrants are coming to Europe and to Denmark. It is increasing day by day. Denmark cannot remain open for everyone,” he said.
Without getting in to the full details of his plan, Rasmussen said his government will shorten the length of residence permits, make family reunification more difficult, further cut the benefits given to refugees and asylum seekers, and make it harder for them to enter Denmark in the first place. The PM also said that Denmark would increase its efforts to send rejected asylum seekers out of the country.
The full details of the government's new initiatives will be announced on Friday.
Rasmussen repeatedly said that “quantity matters” and that the number of refugees who enter Denmark cannot continue to rise.
“We must be honest and say that we have not have great success with our integration polices. For every extra person who comes here, the challenging of integrating them will become greater and greater,” he said.
But with Sweden
all implementing new tougher policies on refugees and the numbers of new arrivals showing no sign of tapering off as winter approaches, there needs to be “robust” policies that he said will take Denmark’s immigration laws “to the edge of international laws”.
“Denmark is a society based on the rule of law and we must abide by international conventions, But we must also take care of Denmark. It is my government’s belief that there is room for tightening,” he said.