Asylum seekers can be recognized as refugees and obtain a residence permit in Denmark. Note that there are different kinds of residence permits for asylum seekers, refugees and their families.
Since 1979, Denmark has run a permanent resettlement program. Resettled refugees are often called quota refugees, because for many years Denmark had a fixed quota for how many refugees could be resettled to Denmark. Quota refugees accepted by Denmark receive a residence permit in accordance with Article 8 of the Danish Aliens Act.
A person recognized as a refugee in Denmark has the possibility of applying for permission to bring their immediate family to Denmark. This entitlement follows from Article 9 of the Danish Aliens Act and from Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to respect for private and family life.
A residence permit pursuant to Article 9C of the Danish Aliens Act can be granted if there are special circumstances indicating a necessity. Such circumstances might involve a consideration of maintaining the family unit or, where the applicant is under 18 years of age, a consideration of the best interests of the child.