PM: Denmark targets zero asylum seekers

Copenhagen: Denmark’s Social Democrat prime minister said Friday the country was aiming for zero asylum applications, reinforcing the country’s already restrictive stance on immigration.

The country is already seeing the lowest number of asylum seekers since 1998, with 1,547 people applying in 2020.

"We cannot promise zero asylum seekers, but we can set up that vision," Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in parliament.

The low number of asylum applications last year can be partly explained by the Covid-19 pandemic but it is less than a tenth of the figure in 2015, at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. - AFP