How many asylum seekers does Denmark receive compared to the rest of Europe?

Right now, very few asylum seekers arrive in Denmark. The total number of arrivals to Europe has dropped during the last year, but not as much as in Denmark. First half of 2017 the total number was 315,000, and in Denmark in the same period only 1,600 were registered. Compared by inhabitants in the countries that Denmark can be compared to, it looks like this:

ASYLUM SEEKERS PER 1 MIO INHABITANTS, 2nd quarter 2017, certain countries

Denmark receives fewer asylum seekers per capita than our neighbour countries and other European countries that are comparable to Denmark, and we also grant asylum to fewer of them, if you compare each country of orgin separately.

APPLICATIONS AND GRANTED ASYLUM PER 1 MIO INHABITANTS 2016

REFUGEES GRANTED ASYLUM PER 1 MIO INHABITANTS 2016, 4 countries

 

The fact that a country receives many asylum seekers is also linked to the country’s geographical location and how consistently the country takes fingerprints and registers arrivals (e.g. Italy, Greece, Malta and Hungary) and does not necessarily reflect where the asylum seekers wish to claim asylum. For example, many asylum seekers ended up making their asylum claim in Denmark in 2015-2016 even though they were on their way to Sweden – and even more travelled through the country without being registered.

The number of asylum seekers in Denmark followed the tendency in Europe until 2016. The sudden drop seen in new arrivals to Denmark happened in December 2016 and was a direct consequence of the Swedish border control.

NUMBER OF ASYLUM SEEKERS IN DENMARK AND EU 2008-2016