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Immigration to Denmark falls for first time in five years

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Immigration to Denmark falls for first time in five years
File photo of the refugee tent camp in Thisted. Photo: Sara Gangsted/Scanpix
13:42 CEST+02:00
Figures released by Statistics Denmark on Tuesday revealed a surprising new trend in immigration figures.
From July 2015 to June 2016, 76,304 foreign nationals immigrated to Denmark. 
 
That's 1,113 fewer people than the previous four quarters and thus the first time in five years that Denmark has seen a decrease in immigration over the course of one year. 
 
The change is “largely due to the declining immigration from Syria and Eritrea”, Statistics Denmark wrote
 
Syrian citizens were far and away the largest group of immigrants over the past 12 months, with 11,569 coming to Denmark over that period – more than twice as many as the 5,388 Romanians who made up the next largest group.
 
But a noticeable trend was seen there as well.
 
“For the first time in seven years, there is a fall in the number of immigrating Syrian citizens,” Statistics Denmark wrote. 
 
The statistics bureau also noted an “interesting” trend in the age and gender make-up of Syrian citizens, reporting that half of them are under the age of 18 and that men under the age of 29 far outnumber women in the same age group. 
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