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Denmark oversaw 600 forced repatriations last year

Denmark oversaw 600 forced repatriations last year

COPENHAGEN: In 2014, 600 asylum-seekers were repatriated with the assistance of the police after their applications were rejected and they refused to travel home on their own accord, reports the National Police.

It is the third highest number in the past ten years. In 2013, Denmark experienced an unusually high influx of Serbian refugees applying for asylum on no real grounds, and it is believed many of them were sent home in such a fashion.

In total, 1,690 asylum-seekers were rejected in 2014 – the highest number for at least a decade as significantly more refugees sought asylum in the country. In principle, rejected asylum-seekers must leave the country voluntarily. Those who refuse are repatriated with the assistance of the police. To motivate voluntary repatriations, the Danish government provides financial support to the rejected asylum-seekers who leave the country of their own accord.