The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Asylum Department offers counselling to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Denmark as well as volunteers and case workers, who work with asylum and repatriation.
The Asylum Department provides counselling on:
We provide counselling over the phone, email and video or at meetings by appointment only at our office in Borgergade, Copenhagen.
The Asylum Department’s office is placed in Copenhagen, but our activities take place at asylum centres, prisons and municipalities all over Denmark.
Newly arrived asylum seekers in Denmark must register with the Danish authorities. Hereafter, the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) interviews the asylum seeker and decides on the case in the first instance.
If the Danish Immigration Service rejects the claim for asylum, the case is automatically appealed to the Refugee Appeals Board (Flygtningenævnet), which is the highest national authority in asylum cases.
The Asylum Department provides guidance to asylum seekers in all phases of the asylum procedure. Our counselling activities consist of:
For all asylum seekers
For asylum seekers, who have recently arrived in Denmark
For rejected asylum seekers
In Denmark, asylum seekers can have their claims processed in an accelerated procedure for manifestly unfounded cases.
After an initial asylum interview, the Danish Immigration Service can decide to examine an asylum case in the manifestly unfounded procedure, if the conditions to get residence permit as a refugee clearly are not met.
The DRC Asylum Department is part of the manifestly unfounded procedure and can decide whether the case is suited for the manifestly unfounded procedure or not.
In Denmark, there is a law on repatriation, which allows for persons with residence permits – both refugees and migrants – to voluntarily repatriate to their country of origin or former country of residence with some support from the Danish state.
The Asylum Department advocates for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. We seek to influence the development of asylum-related laws by engaging with politicians and participating in hearings and consultations on law proposals.
The Asylum Department produces desk studies on relevant countries, so-called country of origin information (COI), as well as overviews of current asylum practice. We also participate in fact-finding missions together with the Danish Immigration Service.
Each year, the Minister of Immigration and Integration decides how many refugees should be resettled to Denmark. The Asylum Department participates in resettlement missions together with the Danish Immigration Service.