This section covers topics on how to ask for asylum in Denmark, and the meaning of different asylum law concepts. For example, the obligations of an asylum seeker; definitions of persecution and abuse; and what types of residence permits refugees in Denmark can receive.
What is asylum?
Getting asylum in Denmark means that an applicant is given a residence permit as a refugee and is thus protected from being sent back to their home country. An applicant can be granted asylum if they are at risk of persecution, torture, or other inhumane treatment in their home country.
How do you assess the risk of abuse and persecution?
In deciding a case, the immigration authorities will in both the first instance (the Danish Immigration Service) and the second instance (the Refugee Appeals Board) assess whether the applicant is entitled to a residence permit as a refugee according to Article 7 of the Danish Aliens Act. Article 7 of the Danish Aliens Act is based on international conventions, such as the UN Convention on Refugees and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
When the Danish immigration authorities assess whether an asylum seeker is at risk of persecution in their home country, they will initially evaluate whether the applicant has been exposed to serious abuse or threats before taking flight.