Posted on March 4, 2019

Denmark to Focus on Repatriation Instead of Integration Under New Law

Emma R., Voice of Europe, February 26, 2019

The Danish Parliament Folketinget recently voted through a legislative package that is said to be a “paradigm shift” for Danish migration policy.

The migration policy now being introduced represents a whole new way of looking at migration.

In the future, the focus will be on sending migrants back to the third world — instead of “integrating” them.

The focus will be shifted from integration to the return of refugees to their home countries whenever possible, said Peter Poornima, the Danish People’s Party’s group leader in Folketinget when the agreement was presented last autumn.

The settlement also means that criminal migrants will be placed on a deserted island, that the so-called integration subsidy is reduced, that the number of family reunions for migrants will be limited, that residence permits as a rule becomes temporary and that it will be easier to withdraw permits and refrain from extending them.

The package of legislation is the result of a settlement between the right-wing government and the Danish People’s Party.

Together, the parties have a majority in Parliament. However, the Social Democrats will also vote for the changed rules.

According to the Danish Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen, Denmark will no longer have a system in which “refugees become immigrants”.