2017-09-09 18:13:11 UTC
Denmark Suspends Refugee Resettlement Under UN Program
more allowed to move to Denmark this year within UN scheme
Government seeks flexibility in future instead of set quota
Denmark won't allow any refugees into the country this year under a United
Nations program and will seek flexibility in determining how many may
resettle in the future instead of a set quota, the Ministry of Immigration
and Integration said.
Since 1989, Denmark has pledged to take 500 refugees a year selected by the
UN for resettlement. The program is separate from European Union efforts to
distribute migrants among member states, which has encountered fierce
opposition from countries including Hungary.
"It's hard to predict how many refugees and migrants will show up at the
border to seek asylum, and we know it may be hard to integrate those who
arrive here," Danish Minister of Immigration and Integration Inger Stojberg
said in a statement on the UN program on Saturday. "Hence, I would like to
see a more flexible quota regime, so that we are prepared, but not obliged,
to take a certain number of refugees for resettlement every year."