Breaking news: First wave of refugees hits Denmark

Some 175 predominantly Syrian migrants arrive in south Zealand

The first large group of refugees and immigrants has made it across the Danish border in Rødby in southern Zealand.

According to the South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police, about 170 refugees arrived in Rødby via two ferries from Puttgarden in Germany.

“We are down here to get them registered and get an overview of who they are and where they come from,” Stefan Jensen, the duty officer, told Ekstra Bladet tabloid. “It’s the standard asylum process that begins here.”

”We work closely with the German police so we were prepared for this.”

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On the run
Initially about 75 refugees were registered in Rødby at around 17:00 and were lodged with food and drink at Rødby Station.

A further 100 refugees arrived about an hour later and in the ensuing chaos several ran off. Police said that refugees had also been seen crossing into Denmark by car.

The vast majority of the registered refugees come from Syria and those who will have their asylum cases tried in Denmark will be sent to Sandholmlejren refugee camp.