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 workforce.

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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