Denmark > Overview
In the end of 2015 there has been an introduction of more strict rules regarding the length of a permit to stay for refugees, the conditions for people seeking asylum in Denmark, as well as the regulations of family reunification. Among other initiatives, tent camps for asylum seekers have been established. On the 4th of January 2016 Sweden introduced border control between Denmark and Sweden. The same day the Danish government symbolically introduced a temporary border control at the Danish- German border, consisting of 'random samples'. Many of the new regulations seem to be made to intimidate people to stay away from Denmark.
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Denmark > Dublin III
The Danish Immigration Service is responsible for handling your Dublin case. You can appeal Dublin decisions before you are transferred. You have 7 days to appeal the decision after it has been made. For your appeal you have access to free legal aid by 'Dansk Flygtningehjælp' (Danish Refugee Council). The appeal will be handled by The Refugee Appeals Board (Flygtningenævnet).
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Denmark > Asylum
There are different steps in the Asylum procedure. The Immigration Service is the first instance responsible for assessing a claim for asylum and the Refugee Appeals Board is the second instance.
Here is a description of the different steps in the asylum procedure in Denmark.
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Denmark > Humanitarian Residence Permit
A humanitarian residence permit is a temporary residence permit you can obtain if you can document that you suffer from serious physical or psychological illness. It is an exception from the rule and decisions are made directly by the ministry of justice. The ministry has a very strict practice, which means that only few applicants get a residence permit on humanitarian grounds, and that you have to prepare your application very well if you do apply. A humanitarian residence permit is temporary and will have to be renewed. Often it will be given for a maximum of 2 years at a time. Before it runs out you will need to apply for an extension.
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Denmark > Gender
Generally Denmark doesn't recognise persecution because of gender identity or sexual orientation. But if you seek asylum and can prove, that you because of your gender identity or sexuality will be in a concrete risk of death penalty, torture or inhuman and degrading treatment at a return to your country of origin, you can get asylum.
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Denmark > Minors
If you are an unaccompanied minor and wish to seek asylum in Denmark you will generally meet the same requirements as adult asylum seekers. However, unaccompanied minor asylum seekers are considered a vulnerable group, which means that unaccompanied minors will be housed in special accommodation centers and will be appointed a personal representative, who will provide support during the processing of the case.
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Denmark > Detention
There is one detention center in Denmark, it is called "Ellebæk" and it lies next to the main asylum camp, "Sandholmlejren". A detention center works like a prison and is run by the probation service in Denmark. As an asylum seeker you can be detained without having committed a crime, for example if you are a rejected asylum seeker and they believe you will go underground or leave to another country. There is a maximum limit on 18 months of keeping people in Ellebæk. In most cases the detention period is shorter.
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Denmark > Living
Once you have applied for asylum in Denmark you are accommodated in an Asylum Camp somewhere in the country. Here you get food and pocket money while your case is treated. The standard of living in Asylum Camps differ from camp to camp and asylum seekers live in either apartments, shared or single rooms. You are not allowed to work while seeking asylum.
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Denmark > Family reunification
If you are married, registered partner or cohabiting partner (the requirement for cohabition is normally that you can document more than 18 months of living together) with a person who have residency in Denmark, you can apply for family reunification.
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Denmark > Medical Assistance