October was a record month for asylum-seekers in Denmark

Prime minister calls for joint EU action

A record number of people applied for asylum in Denmark last month, according to new figures from the Housing and Integration Ministry.

Around 3,500 people applied in October – a few hundred more than the previous record of 3,147 set back in September 2014.

According to TV2 News, upwards of 1,000 refugees have arrived in Denmark and applied for asylum in the past week alone.

During a question round at Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said he wanted Denmark to avoid the situation currently playing out in neighbouring nations.

READ MORE: Most refugees in Denmark want to stay

Neighbouring obstacles
He stated that Germany had all but run out of sports halls to house people and Sweden had started establishing tent camps.

“These problems will also arise in Denmark if we don’t get it under control,” said Rasmussen.

“My concern is that if we don’t have a joint policy in Europe and Denmark that helps us get the refugee flood under control, then we will end up with so many people we won’t be able to handle it.”




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