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Huge spike in asylum approval rate in Denmark

88 percent of asylum-seekers approved during the first seven months of 2015

Some 2,142 out of the 5,174 asylum-seekers who came to Denmark came from Syria (photo: iStock)
September 3rd, 2015 10:07 am| by Christian W
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The asylum approval rate has increased significantly in 2015, according to new figures from the immigration service Udlændingestyrelsen.

The figures reveal that 88 percent of asylum-seekers have been granted asylum in Denmark during the first seven months of this year, compared to 74 percent last year.

“First of all, I think it has something to do with who is coming,” Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, a research director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, told DR Nyheder.

“They are all in groups who have close to a 100 percent chance of being granted asylum, and that is reflected by these approval processes. They are who we call ‘prima facie refugees’ – people who are in desperate need of protection and asylum.”

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Syrians and Eritreans
The vast majority of the asylum-seekers hail from Syria. Some 2,142 out of the 5,174 asylum seekers came from the war-torn nation.

Eritrea supplied the next-largest group of asylum seekers with 801, followed by people who were ‘stateless’ – such as Palestinians – with 347.