Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
One of the night trains that Danish train company DSB used to run from Frederikshavn to Copenhagen back in 1997. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Danish government drops plans for asylum centre in Ethiopia 

According to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray province has led Denmark to remove the country from the list of potential sites for its planned overseas asylum processing centre. 

Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye recently informed other political parties in Denmark about the decision, the newspaper claimed. 

According to the newspaper, Egypt and Rwanda are still being considered as host countries, with Danish officials shortly to make a second visit to the latter country, 

“The ministry can confirm that there is an ongoing dialogue with Rwanda, including in the form of official trips to the country,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

45,000 Danes have been vaccinated under voluntary scheme 

According to the health company Practio, 45,653 people have received either the Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccine under Denmark’s voluntary scheme. The firm said that of those who had applied, 28 percent of the women had been turned down, and 16 percent of men. 

Employment rises for third month in a row

The number of employed people in Denmark grew by 16,000 people in April, the largest monthly increase since Statistics Denmark began publishing monthly employment figures in 2008. 

Employment has now risen for three months in a row, with 24,000 more people in work in the months between February and April. 

The rise came after  employment fell 17,000 people between December and January. 

“The reopening has opened the floodgates again, with employment gaining an extremely solid momentum, with three months of uninterrupted progress,” said Jeppe Juul Borre from Arbejdernes Landsbank.

Repatriated refugees complain of not getting promised payments from Denmark 

Sanctions against Syria and Iran are stopping Danish banks transfer the promised payments intended to motivate refugees to voluntarily return to their countries of origin, Denmark’s state broadcaster TV2 has revealed. 

At least eleven municipalities contacted by TV2 said that they had struggled to pay out either the first, the second or the both of the instalments promised to returnees.

“I had great confidence in them. But now I feel cheated,” said Osama Al-Aqaud, who has only received one of the promised instalments since returning to Syria.

Survey: Majority of Danes will use night trains to Europe

A survey by Megafon for the Politiken newspaper has found that 52 percent of Danes are certain or will at least consider using night trains when they return to use in 2022. 

Denmark’s last night train to Europe stopped in 2014, but Sweden is set to restart night trains through Denmark from August 2022. 


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