In an editorial published on April 24, Inger Støjberg, the Danish Minister of Immigration, wrote that a “significant number” of asylum-seekers “cheat, lie, and abuse the trust of the Danish government” in order to secure advantageous political refugee status.
Another problem highlighted by Stojberg is the age of those who claim to be minors among the migrants, many of whom are actually adult men posing as teenagers. “We see a lot of young people under the age of 18 who claim to have made their way here to receive better treatment and benefits,” she said, noting that an unaccompanied minor costs the Danish state more than 500,000 crowns a year. In fact, she said nearly three-quarters of the 2,000 minor refugees who were age-tested during the period between 2014 and 2017 turned out to be older than the age they reported when they arrived.
Støjberg also mentioned the existence of a Facebook group which provides correct answers to the Danish government’s entry questionnaire for migrants, enabling them to know the answers in advance, and the widespread abuse of the family reunification law, which means that the municipalities often have to find new accommodations for all the members of a family when one of them decides to change residence.