Denmark’s immigration ministry said Monday that more migrants left Denmark in 2019 than entered, with the minister in charge of the matter calling the official figures “wonderful.”
It was the first time since 2011 that net migration — the different between immigration and emigration — was negative.
Mattias Tesfaye said that “whenever possible, it is only natural for refugees to travel back to their homeland. I am glad that we can give people protection while it is needed. But I’m also happy every time a refugee can return home.”
Net immigration to Denmark has been falling since 2015.
Eva Singer of the Danish Refugee Council said the drop should not be attributed to Danish immigration policy but to the fact that fewer people have been able to reach Denmark, in part because of Turkey closing its border to the European Union.