Denmark oversaw 600 forced repatriations last year
In 2014, 600 asylum-seekers were repatriated with the assistance of the police after their applications were rejected and they refused to travel home on their own accord, reports the National Police.
It is the third highest number in the past ten years.
In 2013, Denmark experienced an unusually high influx of Serbian refugees applying for asylum on no real grounds, and it is believed many of them were sent home in such a fashion.
Most rejected refugees in a decade
In total, 1,690 asylum-seekers were rejected in 2014 – the highest number for at least a decade as significantly more refugees sought asylum in the country.
In principle, rejected asylum-seekers must leave the country voluntarily. Those who refuse are repatriated with the assistance of the police.
To motivate voluntary repatriations, the Danish government provides financial support to the rejected asylum-seekers who leave the country of their own accord.
New departure center
Recently, Denmark opened a special departure centre that will – according to the justice minister, Mette Frederiksen – further assist in sending more rejected asylum-seekers back to their home countries.
Danish government also continuously puts pressure on countries who refuse to accept their nationals back.