Denmark’s Low Asylum Seeker Numbers Ensure Immigration Program’s Success


The latest data released by European statistics office Eurostat showed that for every 1,000 asylum seekers in Europe, only 5 go to Denmark.

According to Foreign
Minister Inger Stojberg of the Venstre party, the statistic proves that the
country’s immigration law in turning away migrants is successful:

“The figures speak for themselves,
namely that the government has managed to make it far less attractive to move
to Denmark. The fact that the number of asylum seekers has shrunk is due to a
strict policy against foreigners and joint European initiatives.”

In 2015, Danish government amended
its Immigration Act whereby “If you no longer need our protection and your life
and health are no longer at risk in your home country, and specifically in
Somalia, you must of course return home and rebuild the country from which you
came from.”

The revocation of automatic right to
asylum from countries such as Somalia has discouraged many migrants to seek
asylum in the country.

In 2016, Danish parliament passed a
bill that made Denmark the least attractive country in Western Europe for
asylum seekers. 

The law permits Danish authorities to
seize any assets exceeding $1,450 from asylum-seekers in order to help finance
their stay in the country. The only exemptions are items of sentimental value
such as wedding rings.

It also lengthens the waiting period
of application for family members to join them in Denmark from one to three
years thus making family reunification difficult.

In 2018, Stojberg declined to follow
EU’s migrant quotas by stating that too few migrants contribute to the

Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Lokke
Rasmussen, added that it was wrong to impose European Union member states to
take asylum seekers.

Denmark stepped up their efforts by
passing a resolution declaring that Danes should not become minorities in
Danish communities.

When Prime Minister Rasmussen vowed
to end “parallel societies and the counter-cultures within”, the authorities
guaranteed citizens that they would demolish 1,000 houses in the Vollsmose
migrant ghetto.

In December, Danish government
announced plans to set up a center for foreign criminals and rejected
undeportable asylum seekers on the tiny island of Lindholm. 

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