The Danish Act of Repatriation

In January 2000 the Danish Act of Repatriation came into force, providing amongst others, financial support to people who wish to repatriate.

The Danish Act of Repatriation 

The purpose of the Act of Repatriation is to provide refugees, immigrants, and Danish citizens with dual citizenship the best possible basis for making their decision -  to stay in Denmark or to repatriate to their country of origin or the country in which they have resided legally prior to coming to Denmark (former country of residence).

Voluntary repatriation is a big decision where many aspects ought to be considered thoroughly.

Who is eligible to get the repatriation support?

  • Refugees
  • People who wish to repatriate to a country where the Danish State currently grants protection to people originating from that country according to the Aliens Act 7, stk. 3. There is a requirement of a minimum of one year of residence in Denmark to be able to apply for repatriation support.
  • Unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 years.
  • People who have been family reunified to someone who has refugee status in Denmark.
  • People who have been family reunified to someone who is a Danish citizen or an immigrant. There is a requirement of a minimum of five years of residence in Denmark to be able to apply for repatriation support.
  • People who have a residence permit in Denmark prior to the Danish Immigration Law from 1983 and their children who are born in Denmark.
  • Danish citizens with dual citizenship. People who are citizens in the Nordic countries, a country which is a member of the European Union or a member of the European Economic Community (EEA) are not eligible to apply for repatriation support.
  • People whose residence permit has been revoked or denied an extension.
  • People who have a residence in Denmark on other grounds can apply at the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs to become eligible to apply for repatriation support.

Right of withdrawal

Refugees who decide to return voluntarily to their country of origin or former country of residence with financial support in accordance with the Danish Act of Repatriation, have the opportunity to rescind the decision and return to Denmark within 12 months of departure - this is what is called the right of withdrawal.

The right of withdrawal may also apply to persons who have been reunited with a refugee in Denmark. Danish citizens with dual citizenship also have the right of withdrawal. 

The right of withdrawal can in certain cases be extended to apply for 24 months. 

When exercising the right of withdrawal, the municipality in Denmark will require repayment of the financial support granted in connection to the repatriation. 

The rules regarding the right of withdrawal can be difficult to understand. Contact us for further information.

The financial support according to the Danish Act of Repatriation

As with other social benefits in Denmark, your right to support is assessed based on your financial situation. You do not automatically have the right to receive support if you give up your Danish residence permit.

The municipality assesses your finances to see if you are entitled to support. This assessment includes, for example:

  • Savings
  • Real estate - both in Denmark and in your home country
  • Bil
  • Pension schemes and ATP for payment

The municipality can reject your application for support if you have more than a certain amount in values ​​- for example if you sell the car and withdraw your pension savings. As a single person, you can have assets worth up to 50,000 DKK. As a married couple, you may have assets worth up to 100,000 DKK. If the assets are greater than these amounts, the municipality can decline your application for financial support or deduct from the cash establishment benefit.

Current rates on the financial support

If the municipality considers that you can be granted financial support under the Danish Act of Repatriation, you can receive support at current rates.

You can find the actual financial support here. (only available in Danish).

Monthly financial support

People who are unable to support themselves also have the option of applying for ongoing monthly assistance (reintegration assistance). The support can either be applied for 5 year period or as a lifelong monthly benefit. However, a number of conditions must be met in order to receive reintegration assistance:

  • You must either be 55 years of age or; be entitled to an early retirement pension, or; be 50 years of age and due to your health condition be unable to support yourself
  • You must have had a residence permit in Denmark for at least 5 years

The amount of reintegration assistance also depends on whether you are married to a person who can have his or her pension paid in his or her country of origin/former country of residence. If the applicant has been granted a residence permit before 1 July 2002, a special additional benefit may be granted.

You can find an overview of reintegration assistance here. (only available in Danish).

Go-And-See Visits before voluntary repatriation

Refugees, immigrants, and Danish citizens with dual citizenship may visit their country of origin/former country of residence to gather the information that can be crucial in the process of their decision-making. 

In the Repatriation Team in the DRC Asylum Division, the experience is that these visits provide great support particularly for people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological challenges stemming from the war.

In addition, the experience is that these visits allow refugees, immigrants, and Danish citizens with dual citizenship to explore and get crucial information about the country to which they plan to return.

Those who receive cash assistance as unemployment benefits, may after applying at the municipality, be granted the possibility to continue receiving their cash assistance while staying in their country of origin/former country of residence for a maximum of eight weeks.

Contact the Repatriation Team at the DRC Asylum Department

If you are interested in talking to a counsellor from the Repatriation Team, you can contact us directly. Our phone numbers and opening hours are presented here

Contact

Repatriation Team

DRC's Asylum Department

+45 33735000 [email protected]