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Asylum centres closing nationwide

Asylum seekers are spending less time in centres after faster processing time

In only a few months many asylum seekers have left the centres (Photo: Miriam Nielsen)

February 7, 2014

by Louise Vilster

Six asylum centres around the country are now set to close. The two primary reasons behind the move is that asylum applications are being processed much faster and more rejected asylum seekers have voluntarily left the country.

According to Politiken newspaper, the number of asylum seekers living in the centres dropped from 6,246 to 5,300 within a few months.

READ MORE: Dramatic drop in number of asylum seekers living in centres

Immigration Service has therefore decided to close centres in Rødby, Skive and Frederikshavn, while the Red Cross in Denmark is closing centres in Ebeltoft, Sigerslev and Auderød.

The centres are closing despite the fact that Denmark in 2013 experienced the highest number of asylum seekers in the past ten years.

READ MORE: Highest number of asylum seekers in over a decade

According to the Immigration Service, 7,540 people applied for asylum in 2013, which is a large increase from 6,184 people in 2012 and 3,806 in 2011. The number of successful applicants increased from 2,583 in 2012 to 3,840 last year.

Red Cross content with faster process
Anna la Cour, the head of asylum for the Red Cross in Denmark, is content that the asylum seekers are now spending less time in the centres.

“The cases are in general being processed faster. We are very happy about that because it is a great advantage for the asylum seekers,” she told The Copenhagen Post.

She adds that it is difficult to predict whether the number of asylum seekers in the centres will drop even further.

“I cannot rule out that we would close even more centres and our centre in Ebeltoft will be in a state of readiness so it can be opened again [if needed],” la Cour said.

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