Counselling

If you consider returning voluntarily to your country of origin or former country of residence, a counsellor from DRC Danish Refugee Council can provide you information about your rights and possibilities.

The purpose of the individual counselling session is to provide you with the best possible basis for making your decision -  to stay in Denmark or to repatriate to your country of origin or the country in which you resided legally prior to coming to Denmark (former country of residence).

In the individual counselling session, we will talk about the following:

  • Your possibility to get economic support
  • Your plans for your life in your country of origin/former country of residence
  • The consequences for your residence permit in Denmark, etc.

If you would like to have a translator at the meeting, we will make sure to make the arrangements.

Choosing to speak with a counsellor about your options, thoughts and feelings does not mean that you must return to your country of origin/former country of residence, but that you are collecting the information you need to make your decision. After the meeting, you may freely decide that you want to stay in Denmark, that you need more time to make a decision, or that you wish to repatriate.

Interested in a meeting with a counsellor?

Please fill out a contact form, if you wish to have a meeting about voluntary repatriation. The contact forms are in Danish and can be found at the bottom of this page.

There are two different forms. One is a general form (Oplysningsskema) and the other form is relevant if you have your residence permit revoked or do not have it extended (Oplysningsskema inddragelsessager).

Before filling out the form, you should read and understand the terms and rights described in the guide which you can find at the bottom of this page (only available in Danish).

You have to download the contact form, fill it out and print it. Then you can either send it to our office by mail or scan it and send it to this email: [email protected]

You can also fill out the contact form and send it directly from our webpage. You can find the electronic contact forms which are available in Danish right here:

Open contact form general counselling

Open contact form residence permit revoked/not extended

When we have received your contact details and established your rights in accordance with the Danish Act of Repatriation, we will invite you to an individual counselling session at DRC Danish Refugee Council in Copenhagen. The meeting can also take place over the phone if you live far from Copenhagen. Sometimes it can take about three weeks or more before you hear from us, as we are awaiting information about your residence permit from the Danish Immigration Service. Knowing your residence permit allows us to provide you with correct information about your rights. 

After the meeting with DRC Danish Refugee Council

After the meeting with a counsellor, where you have been presented with information about your rights in accordance with the Danish Act of Repatriation, you can decide if you wish to continue living in Denmark, if you need more time to make your decision or if you choose to voluntarily return to your country of origin/former country of residence.

If you decide to return voluntarily to your country of origin/former country of residence, we will notify the municipality where you live and inform the municipality about your rights and possibilities regarding your return. The municipality will process your application and based on your economic situation, assess if and how much financial support you can get according to the Danish Act of Repatriation.

How long time does the process take?

It varies how long time it takes, from the moment you decide to return to your country of origin/former country of residence, until the day you repatriate and leave Denmark. It can be an advantage that it takes “a long time” to return home. It is an enormous decision to give up your rights in Denmark – none the least when it comes to immigrants who do not have the opportunity to rescind the decision and return to Denmark.

It can take up to three months for the municipality to finalize your application for financial support to return home. The timeframe for the casework is dependent on the individual case and can be longer or shorter than three months. On top of this, there is also the time from when you fill out the contact form and you are invited to an individual session at DRC Danish Refugee Council.

Counselling in various languages

If you would like to have a translator at the meeting, we will make sure to make the arrangements.

The counsellors at the DRC Repatriation Team can provide counselling in various languages. Please find our opening hours and telephone numbers.  

Has your residence permit been revoked or denied an extension?

Have you received a letter from the Danish Immigration Service regarding your residence permit being revoked or denied an extension? It is possible to appeal the decision. The deadline to appeal the decision will be noted in the letter.

If you choose to return voluntarily to your country of origin/former country of residence, you can apply for economic support as part of the Danish Act of Repatriation. You must apply for economic support before the mandatory departure date. 

Counsellors from the DRC Repatriation Team can provide you with information about voluntary return if your residence permit is revoked or denied an extension.

The contact form is in Danish (Oplysningsskema inddragelsessager) and can be found at the bottom of this page. 

You have to download the contact form, fill it out and print it. Then you can either send it to our office by mail or scan it and send it to this email: [email protected]

You can also fill out the form and send it directly from our webpage. You can find the electronic contact form right here: Open contact form residence permit revoked/denied extension.

Make sure to read and understand the terms and rights described in the guide, which you can find at the bottom of this page (only available in Danish).

Anonymous counselling on the phone

DRC Danish Refugee Council offers anonymous counselling on the phone to refugees, immigrants and Danish citizens with dual citizenship about voluntary return to the country of origin/former country of residence. This counselling is not as extensive as a personal meeting, nor can it substitute such a meeting. 

You are always welcome to call us and ask about anything related to your thoughts about returning home voluntarily. You can also call for general information regarding your rights and available support. 

Contact forms for downloading

DRC's Asylum Department

Repatriation Team

DRC's Asylum Department

+45 33735000 [email protected]