Denmark to slash benefits for asylum seekers

Web Desk
By Web Desk July 2, 2015 02:17

Denmark to slash benefits for asylum seekers

“The effect will hopefully be that fewer asylum seekers come to Denmark,” Integration Minister Inger Stojberg said at a press conference.

Under the new rules, which will come into effect from September, an asylum seeker without children will receive 5,945 kroner (797 euros, $882) per month in benefits, almost half the 10,849 kroner they receive currently.

Single parents arriving from a non-EU country will receive 11,888 kroner per month compared to 14,426 kroner now.

And couples with children who can currently claim 28,832 kroner will see their monthly benefits cut to 16,638 kroner under the new rules.

A 1,500-kroner monthly bonus will also be offered to those whose Danish language skills meet the standards required for taking a job or getting an education.

“We want to reward the people who come here and wish to become integrated,” Stojberg said.

The new rules, expected to be passed by parliament on Friday, will also hit unemployed Danes who have been outside the country for seven out of the eight past years.

A narrow right-wing government took power in Denmark on Sunday after coalition talks with the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP) broke down, but it needs the support of the DPP and other groups to pass legislation in parliament.

The governing Venstre party campaigned on lowering benefits for asylum seekers after the former centre-left government raised them, which the right-wing party claimed was prompting more refugees to come to Denmark.

On Tuesday the Danish government announced it would reimpose border controls to combat illegal immigration and smuggling, another key issue for the DPP. The government said the new measures would be carried out in line with the European Union’s open-border Schengen Agreement.

Denmark received nearly 15,000 asylum seekers last year, almost twice the number from 2013 as more people fleeing Syria’s civil war fled to Europe- AFP



Web Desk
By Web Desk July 2, 2015 02:17
  • cowboy

    In Austria you must learn German in 12 months or your deported , all countries should do this

  • Alan Carter

    Surely Denmark simply will not be allowed to?

  • infedel

    All Western Countries should not allow islam in — we fought them for 1400 years — regardless of they they speak; it is what they believe….read koran,haddith, surah.

  • infedel

    “They” are not ” asylum seekers”; they are invaders and colonizers — let them fight for theirs countries like we did.

  • umair

    And what All Western Countries did since 1400 years in Islamic countries in the name of Colonialism and Mercantilism? Stole their natural wealth and resources, divided and ruled them illegally, brutally wiped out the natives of Americas and Australia to occupy those lands, and still continuing to satiate their thirst of OIl n Gas in the name of War On terror. U hypocrites…!!!

  • Infidel Fucker

    What the FUCK are you doing on an Islamic website, you dirty infidel 😉

  • infedel

    Yes, Yes,Yes–what color should my burka be –is the rainbow ok.

  • duder1897

    Send them back to where they came from instead.

  • duder1897

    By whom? No one can tell Denmark what kind of benefits anyone will get.

  • Michael Sultana

    Give them access to know social welfare and they will move on to somewhere else or not come at all. Then again, can’t do that. Won’t want to upset the lovey dovey Socialists running the E.U. …..

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