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Study: Lower social benefits lead to less immigration

A Princeton University study found a link between low social benefits and declining immigration.

Published: November 21, 2019, 9:28 am

    Copenhagen

    According to a report by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the survey is based on figures from Denmark.

    In 2002, the then center-right government had halved social benefits for non-EU foreigners in the Scandinavian country. In 2012, the center-left government under the leadership of Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt abolished the regulation again. In 2015, it was re-introduced by the center-right government of Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

    According to the authors of the study on the economist Henrik Kleven, between 2002 and 2012, the immigration of non-EU foreigners decreased by about 5 000 people per year.

    Accordingly, between 2012 and 2015, it increased by almost the same amount. In 2015, the government then issued advertisements, including in Lebanese newspapers, to warn about the decline in social benefits for immigrants.

    Denmark has meanwhile a seen a drop in the number of residency permits withdrawn from foreign nationals, despite promised stricter measures by the new leftist government.

    Figures from the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen, DIS) and reported by newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad show fewer withdrawals of residency permits from asylum seekers.

    In 2018, 463 foreigners under family reunification rules lost their right to reside in the country, either due to withdrawal of residency or denial of extension to stay. This year, the figure is 183 already, not including November and December.

    According to Peter Starup, an immigration law professor at the University of Southern Denmark, the issue is centered on Somali residents, as there are not many more cases awaiting assessment.

    But the professor also said that the ‘paradigm shift’ policy on refugees, established under the previous government, would not necessarily increase the number of withdrawn residencies.

    “If people have a family in Denmark or have been here a long time, that is still an argument for (allowing them) to stay,” he explained.

    A paradigm shift law voted in by the previous government provided for spending some 100 million kroner with the goal of increasing residency withdrawal by DIS, according to the report. It included the screening of at least 300 cases per year to assess whether asylum applicants from countries such as Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan are actually eligible for asylum in Denmark.

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    • Nexusfast123

      All European countries should lower and cut off benefits. That will choke off unwanted and destructive migration. Also put in a scheme to pay people to leave.

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