Denmark will no longer accept migrants to enable newcomers already present to settle and integrate properly. According to immigration minister, “there are still too many who do not support themselves”
Denmark announced on 4 October that it will not accept any quota refugees in 2018, in order to promote the integration of those newly settled. In 2016, the Scandinavian country suspended its participation in the UN Resettlement Quota Program. He has not since recovered.
Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg explained the decision in a statement: “We are still in a situation where we are battling to integrate the many refugees who have arrived in Denmark in recent years”. And to clarify: “Although more refugees have entered the labor market, there are still too many who do not support their needs.”
According to Ministry figures, 3,500 asylum seekers were registered in Denmark in 2017, the lowest level since 2008, but for the first ten months of 2018, 2,600 applications have already been filed.
Since the end of 2017, the new immigration law, adopted with the support of the Social Democrats and the Danish People’s Party (DF), provides that the number of refugees from the quota program is at the discretion of the Ministry of Immigration and integration.