Where do you live during the processing of your asylum case?

It is the Danish Immigration Service that decides where you are accommodated as an asylum seeker. The asylum centers in Denmark are run by the Danish Red Cross, by municipalities in different parts of the country and by the Danish Prison and Probation Service (who run the departure and removal centers). Upon arrival as an asylum seeker in Denmark you will initially be accommodated at Sandholm Reception Center, which is run by the Danish Red Cross. After a period of time, you will transfer to a residential center, run by either the Danish Red Cross or by a Danish municipality.

However, the length of stay at Sandholm Reception Center can vary depending on a variety of factors, in particular the number of asylum seekers entering Denmark at any time. It is common for an asylum seeker to live in at least two different centers while waiting for the Danish authorities to process the asylum case.  

As an asylum seeker, in some situations you can apply for private accommodation either with a spouse, friends or family. 

You can read more about the rules for staying in private accommodation at the Danish Immigration Service home page. (page in English)

If your application for asylum is rejected under the Dublin Procedure, or if you are denied refugee status in Denmark, the Danish Return Agency may decide that you must live in a departure center. 

Departure center Avnstrup is run by the Danish Red Cross and is intended for families. The departure centers at Sjælsmark and Kærshovedgård are for single people and are run by the Danish Prison and Probation Service. 

Most asylum seekers in the Dublin procedure are transferred to Sjælsmark departure centerAn asylum seeker whose case is rejected is also transferred to Sjælsmark 

All asylum seekers who have been convicted of a criminal offense in Denmark are accommodated at departure center Kærshovedgård. 

If, as a rejected asylum seeker, you do not cooperate with the immigration authorities in facilitating your departure, the authorities may decide that you be imprisoned in order to "motivate" you to leave Denmark.  

The authorities can also decide that you be imprisoned to ensure that you are available when the police want to send you out of the country. 

If you are deprived of your liberty, you will have a lawyer to represent your case. It is always a judge who decides whether your detention is to be continued. 

You can read more about the conditions for asylum seekers at the Danish Immigration Service home page. (page in English)