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 foundation for considering and possibly deciding to repatriate to their country of origin or the country in which they resided legally prior to coming to Denmark (country of former residence).

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

Go-And-See Visits before voluntary repatriation

Refugees, immigrants and Danish citizens with dual citizenship may visit their country of origin/country of former residence to gather information which 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.

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

Who is eligible to get the repatriation support?

  • Refugees
  • People who wish to repatriate to a country where the Danish State currently grant protection to people originating from that country according to the Aliens Act 7, stk. 3. There is a requirement of minimum of one year of residence in Denmark to be able to apply for the repatriation support.
  • Unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 years.
  • People who have been family reunified to someone who has a refugee status in Denmark.
  • People who have been family reunified to someone who is Danish citizen or an immigrant. There is a requirement of minimum of five year of residence in Denmark to be able to apply for the 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 member of the European Union or a member of the European Economic Community (EEA) are not eligible to apply for the repatriation support.
  • 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 the repatriation support.

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.

Contact

Repatriation Team

DRC's Asylum Department

+45 33735000 [email protected]