Number of foreign criminals in Copenhagen increases again

Tally of non-Danes appearing before the courts rises for the sixth straight year

The number of foreign criminals finding themselves facing magistrates in Copenhagen courtrooms has increased for the sixth straight year. 

According to statistics from the Copenhagen police from 2013, three-quarters of the people who faced the court – 2,148 of the 2,854 – came from outside of Denmark. The largest number of those – 293 – came from Romania.

Peter Skaarup, spokesperson for Dansk Folkeparti, said the numbers revealed that changes were needed.

“This shows that we have a huge challenge in our society, especially in Copenhagen, where foreign criminals are committing a lot of crimes,” Skaarup told MetroXpress.

Send them home
He believes that the penalties for burglary and theft should increase and that foreign criminals should be sent back to their home countries to serve their sentences.

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Some 84 percent of the criminals appearing before Copenhagen courts in 2013 had foreign ancestry. Approximately 10 percent had Danish citizenship.