How many refugees have Denmark received over the years and where did they come from?

From 1956 to 2014, Denmark has granted asylum to a total of 142.450 people = on average 2.450 per year. In 2015-2016 another 18,342 have been granted asylum.

The number of people living in Denmark with asylum as their basis of residence was in total 54,500 in 2016. Around 40,000 have been granted asylum during the last 5 years. On top of this comes family reunifications. This might sound as big numbers, but refugees formed only 3 % of all the foreigners who were given a residence permits in Denmark in 2017.

RESIDENCE PERMITS TO REFUGEES 2008-2017 (incl. humanitarian and resettlement)

Even though a person acquires permanent residence permit over time, she/he will still be in the statistics as a refugee. Only when citizenship is granted will the status change to 'Dane'.

The number of refugees has fluctuated a lot over the years and the nationalities have varied. Some nationalities have arrived in a very short period (for example Chileans and Bosnians) and others have arrived over a longer time span (for example Afghans and Iraqis). During recent years, Syrians, Eritreans and Iranians have been the largest groups.