New Danish government tightens immigration law

AP News
Posted: Jul 01, 2015 7:04 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's new center-right minority government has reached its first deal with its political allies, including the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party, aimed at reducing the number of asylum-seekers by lowering social benefits.

Immigration minister Inger Stoejberg says "the effect is hopefully" fewer asylum-seekers, calling it "a very clear goal" for the new government, which took office Sunday.

Last year, 15,000 people sought asylum in Denmark, twice as many as in 2013.

Stoejberg said Wednesday that a single person would get nearly 6,000 kroner ($900) a month instead of 10,850 kroner ($1,625), while a couple over the age of 30 with children would get 16,640 ($2,500) against 28,800 kroner ($4,315).

The proposal must go through parliament. The government has a majority and if passed, the new measure would take effect Sept. 1.