Denmark to Slash Benefits for Asylum Seekers in Attempt to Deter Refugees
By admin July 4, 2015

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2000The new rightwing government in Denmark has decided to cut benefits by almost half come September for asylum seekers, in order to decrease the number of refugees coming into the country. Denmark received nearly 15,000 asylum seekers in 2014, which was twice the number from the previous year. Most asylum seekers were fleeing the civil war in Syria. The tightening of regulations has had an effect already with 200 fewer asylum seekers from January to February of this year. This is the lowest amount since May 2012.


Integration minister, Inger Stojberg stated that he hoped the effect would be fewer asylum seekers coming into the country. According to the new rules, an asylum seeker would receive approximately half of the monthly benefits that they currently receive, 5,945 or $882 instead of 10,849 kroner. Despite the cuts for individuals, single parents and couples, there will be a 1,500-kroner bonus for those whose Danish language skills meet the standards required to get a job or an education. “We want to reward people who come here and wish to become integrated,” Stojberg said.


The new rules, set to be passed by the Dutch parliament on Friday, will also affect unemployed Danes who have been living outside the country. The current governing party, Venstre, campaigned on lowering benefits for asylum seekers, which had not been in place during the former center-left government. Additionally, the government stated it would reimpose border controls to combat illegal immigration and smuggling, another key issue for the Danish People’s Party (DPP), which helped pass the anti-immigration legislation in parliament. The new measures will be carried out in line with the EU’s open-border Schengen Agreement.


According to Humanity in Action, an international education organization, Denmark enacts tough on foreigners, tough on immigration politics. Additionally, it is believed that Denmark has used holes in Dublin 2, the primary document that shaped asylum policy in Europe, to justify human rights violations.


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