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Facts and figures about Denmark and the current migration situation

15.09.2015  22:17
Since Sunday, September 6, 2015 Denmark has admitted more than 5,000 refugees and mi-grants at the Danish border. The situation is an extraordinary one and continues to develop. Below is a series of facts and figures on what is currently being done as well as general facts on Danish efforts to counter and alleviate the current migration crisis.

Activities of Danish authorities in the border region
The Danish authorities, including the police, have so far tried to handle the situation according to normal procedures according to which the police, in so far possible, will ascertain the identity, nationality and residence status of a foreign national who is suspected of having entered Denmark illegally. As part of this procedure the police will ask the person in question if he or she wants to apply for asylum in Denmark.

The main focus for the Danish police is to safeguard lives and maintain law and order in Denmark. Read more here.

Denmark takes on responsibility for refugees
In 2014, Denmark received 14,792 asylum seekers (granted 6,104 permits for asylum).In 2014, Denmark was the fifth largest recipient of asylum seekers in the EU per capita and the second largest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the EU per capita.

UN quota refugees
Over a three-year period, Denmark takes 1500 UN quota refugees and in 2014 was #7 among the EU countries in terms of intake of UN quota refugees (Denmark's resettlement program) in absolute terms.

EU cooperation
Denmark contributes actively to joint EU solutions. We do not participate in the common European asylum and immigration policies, but we participate in the Schengen and Dublin cooperation. As the figures show, we take more than our share. According to an article in the New York Times of September 6, in 2015, Denmark is one out of nine countries that (more than) meets the quotas proposed by the European Commission.

Within the EU, Denmark supports inter alia hotspots, reception centres in Italy and Greece, strengthened border control and increased EU assistance to the affected countries and the Balkans. Denmark has made contributions to Frontex, to the EU's surveillance of the Mediterranean (planes/personnel) and seconded staff to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

Externally, Denmark works for clearer agreements on return, a billion sized Trust Fund to be negotiated at the EU-Africa summit in November 2015, improved market access for low- and middle-income countries in Africa and the Middle East, as well as increased attention on migration in EU development assistance and significantly increased assistance to neighbouring countries.

Denmark provides massive assistance to neighbouring countries and contributes with stabilization efforts
Between 2010 and 2014, Denmark has provided nearly 9 billion DKK (1.185 billion EUR) in humanitarian assistance and the budget for 2015 currently stands at 1.775 billion DKK (233.8 million EUR). In absolute terms, Denmark ranks #10 in the world in terms of total humanitarian aid contributions from governments.

A great share of Denmark’s humanitarian efforts go to internally displaced persons, refugees and affected communities in and around the conflict-affected countries and regions (”neighbouring countries"). Our assistance is provided through Danish and international NGOs and UN organizations.

In the period 2010-2015, Denmark contributed 1.08 billion DKK (142.3 million EUR) to Syria and neighbouring countries, 894 million DKK (117.8 million EUR) to Afghanistan and 804 million DKK (106 million EUR) to Somalia in humanitarian aid. During that same period, Denmark was the second largest contributor, among EU member states, of government humanitarian aid to Syria (and neighbouring countries) measured per capita. With a contribution of 75 million DKK, Denmark is the biggest government donor to the EU Regional Protection and Development Programme, which, managed by Denmark, is being implemented in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Measured in current day prices, Denmark has contributed 539 billion DKK (71 billion EUR) in development assistance since 1960. We will continue to be one of only five countries in the world, providing more than 0.7 per cent of GDP, which the UN calls for. Danish development assistance has often been named one of the world's best. A substantial part of the assistance also goes to the neighbouring countries and thus helps to improve conditions in the countries migrants and refugees either depart from or travel through. Focus: Better living conditions, better governance and legal systems, human rights, access to employment, stabilization, and eradication of poverty. Denmark's development policy will in the years ahead increase focus on migration and neighbouring countries.

Many of the UN organizations that Denmark supports (UNICEF, UNDP, etc.) work to improve living conditions in general and for refugees/IDPs. Denmark's total multilateral contributions to the United Nations in 2014 stood at 2.2 billion DKK (289.8 million EUR). Denmark also helps bilaterally in the neighbouring countries. Ex: Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (approx. 275 million DKK (36.2 million EUR) annually 2012- 2014), Syria and Sahel programs, and assistance to Afghanistan, Pakistan etc. By the end of 2015, Denmark will have granted approximately 350 million DKK (46.1 million EUR) aimed at stabilization efforts in Syria and Iraq since 2012.

Finally, Denmark has for many years made military and civilian contributions to a variety of missions in EU neighbourhood regions with a view to stopping conflicts and to stabilizing countries and regions. Ex: The current military/civilian contribution to the fight against ISIL, removal of chemical weapons in Syria, contributions to UN MINUSMA mission in Mali.

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