Number of immigrants coming to Denmark falls for the first time in five years – The Post

Number of immigrants coming to Denmark falls for the first time in five years

Fewer newcomers from Syria and Eritrea lead to declining immigration numbers

Fewer Syrians are choosing Denmark (photo: yeowatzup)
August 16th, 2016 2:04 pm| by Ray W

Over the past year, as measured from July 2015 to June 2016, 76,304 foreign nationals came to Denmark with the intent of settling in the country.

That is a decrease of 1,113 people compared to the previous four quarters, and it marks the first time in five years that the number of immigrants coming to Denmark has fallen.

The numbers are according to the website of Danmarks Statistik, which defines an immigrant as a person who was born abroad and does not have parents who are Danish citizens born in Denmark.

Boys and men
The largest group of immigrants coming to Denmark over the past year came from Syria, 11,569 people, followed by Romania (5,388).

That number is also down – the first time in seven years that the number of immigrants from that country has declined. Half the Syrians coming to Denmark are under the age of 18, and Syrian boys and men make up the vast majority of the under 29-year-olds crossing the border.

Declining immigration from Syria and from the east African country of Eritrea is largely responsible for the general decline in the number of immigrants, according to Danmarks Statistik.