Den­mark of­fers im­mi­grants $21,000 to leave coun­try

Edmonton Journal - - WORLD - COPEN­HAGEN

Den­mark has agreed to in­crease ten­fold the amount of money of­fered to im­mi­grants who re­turn home per­ma­nently to 100,000 kro­ner ($21,000 Cdn), of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The cen­tre-right mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment reached an agree­ment with its key ally, the far-right Dan­ish Peo­ple’s Party (DPP), on the is­sue late Sun­day as part of their 2010 bud­get ne­go­ti­a­tions.

A fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive of $2,300 had un­til now been of­fered to im­mi­grants to re­set­tle in their coun­try of ori­gin.

The scheme is aimed at im­mi­grants from out­side the Euro­pean Union and Nordic coun­tries, DPP deputy leader Peter Skaarup told AFP.

“It in prac­tice tar­gets those na­tion­als from non-West­ern coun­tries who are strug­gling to adapt to Dan­ish so­ci­ety and who would be tempted by a fairly sig­nif­i­cant sum to go back home for­ever,” he said.

Skaarup said those tak­ing up the of­fer would re­ceive $2,300 up front. The re­main­der of the $21,0000 would be paid out once they sur­ren­der their Dan­ish res­i­dency per­mits, he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the refugee, im­mi­grant and in­te­gra­tion min­istry, some 2,524 peo­ple have vol­un­tar­ily left Den­mark since 1997 when the repa­tri­a­tion pro­gram was in­tro­duced. Most of them were from the for­mer Yu­goslavia, Iraq, Iran, Le­banon, So­ma­lia and Turkey.

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