That refugees return home is one of the most long lived myths of the current refugee debate.
Only 162 refugees in Denmark voluntarily returned to their homeland over the past year, and even fewer are sent home against their will, writes the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
The newspaper writes that the biggest myth of the current refugee debate is that refugees return home to their homeland after receiving asylum.
The truth is that most people never leave Denmark, according to figures from the Danish Refugee Help and the Danish Immigration Service.
Although the refugees' residence permit on paper is temporary, in practice no one are sent home against their will when the five-year period expires. There is not much statistics on the subject, but according to the Immigration and Refugee Board, one must go back to the refugee influx from Bosnia and Kosovo in 2005 to find a situation where the Immigration Service withdraw a group of refugees' residence permits with reference to improved conditions in the home country.
- Our lives are in Denmark, and we will never return home, says Iraqi refugee Hikmat Hussein, who fled Iraq during the Gulf war, but never returned after the downfall of Saddam Hussein.
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