How many return home again?

In 2014, 162 refugees returned to their countries of origin after they have received their residence permit in Denmark – called repatriation. Usually it happens after many years in Denmark. A total of 2,220 Bosnian refugees have returned home. A refugee can get financial support and personal guidance from the Danish Refugee Council if she/he wants to return home. The reason why so relatively few return is probably a combination of many conflicts dragging on for years, and because refugees settle down here and will feel half Danish after some time. In addition, the children will grow up without a strong tie to the parents' home country.

An increasing part of the rejected asylum seekers return home voluntarily – most of them under pressure more than really voluntarily. The last few years there has also been an increase in something that was rarely seen before: applicants who withdraw their application before getting an answer, or leave shortly after being granted asylym. This may be connected to the restricted access to family reunification, and the growing hostility towards refugees.

Refugees are now only granted 1 or 2 years of stay at a time. It has also become almost impossible for refugees to achieve permanent residence permit. After the latest tightenings it was only 385 who passed in 2016, and for the first 9 months of 2017 the number is as low as 126.