More unaccompanied minors to Denmark
The increasing numbers of unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers puts pressure on the Danish Red Cross, which is responsible for the reception centres in Denmark. As a consequence, The Danish Red Cross has re-opened the Sjælsmark Kaserne asylum centre with space for 60 minors seeking asylum. “One explanation [for the increase in the numbers of minors] could be that it has become more expensive, more dangerous, and more difficult to come to Europe. And if it is not possible to come with the whole family, one person is chosen. We call them ‘the chosen ones’”, says Hanne Mathisen, spokesperson for the Nordic Office of the UNHCR in Stockholm. Because of the rising number of asylum-seekers in all Nordic countries, it is likely that a larger proportion of those coming to Denmark will also stay there rather than move on to other countries.
Berlingske Tidende 8 February 2009