Majority of Danes want to be part of EU refugee plan – The Post

Majority of Danes want to be part of EU refugee plan

78.2 percent want to take in more refugees

EU member states are meeting today to discuss the refugee issue (photo: iStock)
September 14th, 2015 10:30 am| by Christian W
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The Danish government’s announcement that it will not take part in the new EU refugee plan, which would see an additional 160,000 refugees dispersed throughout Europe, might not reflect the stance of its citizens.

That’s because a new Voxmeter survey compiled on behalf of Ritzau has revealed that the vast majority of Danes, some 78.2 percent, think that Denmark should be part of an EU refugee agreement.

“It’s a significant percentage and it’s very interesting,” said Bjarke Møller, the head of the think-tank Europa, according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

“There’s been a huge change of opinion over the summer, and it looks as if there is an increasing tendency for the Danes wanting to take part in the EU’s asylum and immigration policies.”

READ MORE: Most Danes ready to accept more refugees

EU discussions today
The EU member states are meeting today to discuss what to do with the estimated 500,000 refugees who have arrived in Europe in this year alone.

The immigration and integration minister, Inger Støjberg, said last week that Denmark wouldn’t take any of the 160,000 refugees – a stance that was later backed up by the prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Since Sunday September 6, about 5,000 refugees have arrived in Denmark.