Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Denmark's asylum numbers at five-year low

Share this article

Denmark's asylum numbers at five-year low
Refugees and immigrants at a 'welcome party' earlier this month. Photo: Uffe Weng/Scanpix
14:53 CEST+02:00
Fewer than 300 people sought asylum in August, according to numbers released by the Immigration Ministry on Friday.
The 284 people who were registered last month marks the lowest monthly asylum figure in five years. According to Integration Minister Inger Støjberg, the figures are proof that Denmark's immigration restrictions and border controls have had their desired effect. 
 
“Our own restrictions have, together with the efforts of other European countries and our joint initiatives in the EU, decreased the asylum pressure in Denmark,” Støjberg said in a press release
 
Through the first eight months of 2016, roughly 5,000 people have sought asylum in Denmark. This is down significantly from the roughly 21,300 asylum seekers in 2015 and is on pace to end well below the 14,800 asylum seekers who came in 2014. 
 
 
Støjberg said that despite the decrease, “we want the figure to go down further”. 
 
“We need to be ready to handle a new acute situation if holes arise once again in Europe's borders and that's why we have recently presented an immigration proposal with 44 initiatives,” Støjberg said. 
 
Among the initiatives in Støjberg's plan are calls for an "emergency brake" that can be initiated to reject asylum seekers at the border under "a crisis situation”, tougher requirements for refugees to qualify for the controversial 'integration benefit' introduced last year and a series of changes meant to make it harder for foreigners living in Denmark to obtain a permanent residence permit.
 
Denmark has also announced plans to take “a break” from accepting around 500 refugees per year through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Resettlement Program. The plan to stop accepting the so-called ‘quota refugees' has not yet been approved but has the support of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party as well as the Social Democrats, parliament's largest opposition party. 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement