September 16th 2015
Denmark takes responsibility for countering and alleviating the refugee and
Denmark takes on responsibility for refugees
In 2014, Denmark received 14,792 asylum seekers (granted 6,104 permits for asylum). Since Sunday, September 6, 2015 Denmark has admitted more than 5,000 refugees at the Danish border.
In 2014, Denmark was the fifth largest recipient of asylum seekers in the EU per capita and the second largest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the EU per capita.
Over a three-year period, Denmark takes 1,500 UN quota refugees and in 2014 was #7 among the EU countries in terms of intake of UN quota refugees (Denmark's resettlement program) in absolute terms.
Denmark contributes actively to joint EU solutions. We do not participate in the common European asylum and immigration policies, but we participate in the Schengen and Dublin cooperation. As the figures show, we take more than our share. According to an article in the New York Times of September 6, 2015, Denmark is one out of nine countries that (more than) meets the quotas proposed by the European Commission.
Within the EU Denmark supports, inter alia, hotspots, reception centres in Italy and Greece, strengthened border control and increased EU assistance to the affected countries and the Bal-kans. Denmark has made contributions to Frontex, to the EU's surveillance of the Mediterranean (planes/personnel) and seconded staff to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).
Externally, Denmark works for clearer agreements on return, a billion sized Trust Fund to be negotiated at the EU-Africa summit in November 2015, improved market access for low- and middle-income countries in Africa and the Middle East, as well as increased attention on migra-tion in EU development assistance and significantly increased assistance to neighbouring countries.
Denmark provides massive assistance to neighbouring countries and contributes with stabilisation efforts
Between 2010 and 2014, Denmark has provided 9 billion DKK (1.185 billion EUR) in humanitarian assistance and the budget for 2015 currently stands at 1.775 billion DKK (233.8 million EUR). In absolute terms, Denmark ranks #10 in the world in terms of total humanitarian aid contributions from governments.
A great share of Denmark’s humanitarian efforts go to internally displaced persons, refugees and affected communities in and around the conflict-affected countries and regions ("neigh-bouring countries"). Our assistance is provided through Danish and international NGOs and UN organisations.
In the period 2010-2015, Denmark contributed 1.08 billion DKK (142.3 million EUR) to Syria and neighbouring countries, 894 million DKK (117.8 million EUR) to Afghanistan and 804 million DKK (106 million EUR) to Somalia in humanitarian aid. During that same period, Denmark was the second largest contributor, among EU member states, of government humanitarian aid to Syria (and neighbouring countries) measured per capita. With a contribution of 75 million DKK, Denmark is the biggest government donor to the EU Regional Protection and Development Programme, which, managed by Denmark, is being implemented in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Measured in current day prices, Denmark has contributed 539 billion DKK (71 billion EUR) in development assistance since 1960. We will continue to be one of only five countries in the world, providing more than 0.7 per cent of GDP, which the UN calls for. Danish development assistance has often been named one of the world's best. A substantial part of the assistance also goes to the neighbouring countries and thus helps to improve conditions in the countries migrants and refugees either depart from or travel through. Focus: Better living conditions, better governance and legal systems, human rights, access to employment, stabilisation, and eradication of poverty. Denmark's development policy will in the years ahead increase focus on migration and neighbouring countries.
Many of the UN organisations that Denmark supports (UNICEF, UNDP, etc.) work to improve living conditions in general and for refugees/IDPs. Denmark's total multilateral contributions to the United Nations in 2014 stood at 2.2 billion DKK (289.8 million EUR). Denmark also helps bilaterally in the neighbouring countries. Ex: Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (approx. 275 million DKK (36.2 million EUR) annually 2012- 2014), Syria and Sahel programs, and assistance to Afghanistan, Pakistan etc. By the end of 2015, Denmark will have granted approximately 350 million DKK (46.1 million EUR) aimed at stabilisation efforts in Syria and Iraq since 2012.
Finally, Denmark has for many years made military and civilian contributions to a variety of missions in EU neighbourhood regions with a view to stopping conflicts and to stabilising countries and regions. Ex: The current military/civilian contribution to the fight against ISIL, removal of chemical weapons in Syria, contributions to the UN MINUSMA mission in Mali.