Fewer asylum-seekers being repatriated

Backlog growing as some deportations prove to be harder than others

The national police has reported that a lower number of asylum-seekers were sent home in 2014, compared to 2013.

According to Jyllands Posten, a National Police report pending publication shows that only 605 asylum-seekers were repatriated in 2014, compared to 1,282 in 2013. However, the figures may be subjected to further corrections by the time the report is made public in a month’s time.

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Large number of refugees pending repatriation
In spite of the falling number of deportations, the number of asylum-seekers who have had their requests denied and are pending repatriation rose in 2014 from 1,519 to 1,831 cases.

Some countries are easier to deal with than others, Richard Østerlund la Cour, the head of the National Police Immigration Center, told Jyllands-Posten.

“The challenge of repatriations is that it is harder to co-operate with the authorities in Iran and Afghanistan than Serbia for example," he explained.

"It is difficult to obtain travel documents, and it is hard to reject asylum-seekers who will not leave voluntarily.”