Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark and Leader of the Social Democrats wants to stop asylum requests in her country, which has already dropped to more than ten times fewer than in 2015.
On Friday the Danish leader said no future asylum applications lodged in Denmark was her declared ambition, maintaining the course of a very restrictive reception policy at a time when the country has received the lowest number of applications since 1998, according to Swiss daily La Tribune de Genève.
The small Nordic country of 5,8 million inhabitants has been discouraging migrants from coming for a while now. “We have to make sure that few people come to our country, otherwise our social cohesion cannot prevail,” explained Frederiksen.
‘We cannot promise zero asylum seekers, but we can explain our vision well,” Frederiksen said during a question-and-answer session in parliament.
In 2020, some 1 547 migrants applied for asylum in Denmark, the lowest figure since 1998, which is mainly explained by the health crisis linked to the pandemic of the new Coronavirus.
This is more than ten times less than in 2015, in the heart of the migrant crisis, where some 21 300 people applied – almost eight times less than in neighboring Sweden.
In 2017, then at the head of the Social Democrats, she presented a plan to send “non-Western” migrants back to African camps, to holding facilities for migrants.
In September, Copenhagen appointed a migration ambassador to speed up the creation of one or more migrant camps outside the European Union as part of the new European asylum system, which it has been advocating.