The main migration policy instruments in Denmark:
Non-exhaustive list of key policy documents in the area of migration:
National legislation in Denmark:
- 1984: Danish Aliens Act, entered into force in February 1984 and has been amended several times since.
- 1998: Integration Act, entered into force on January 1, 1999 and has been amended several times since.
- Consult Denmark’s database of national law for the most recent amendments.
- EU legislation:
- Consult the adopted EU legislation on Migration and Home Affairs
- Denmark has an opt-out in the area of migration and home affairs
- Ratified international treaties:
- 1952/1968: ratification of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
- 2003: ratification of the 2000 Protocol on Trafficking in Persons.
- 2006: ratification of the 2000 Protocol on Smuggling of Migrants.
The main ministries in charge of migration affairs in Denmark:
- Ministry of Immigration and Integration: Together with its subordinate authorities it is the main body dealing with migration affairs, including immigration (residence and work permits); the reception of asylum seekers and the asylum procedure; socio-economic integration; migration data; return and readmission.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs: visa and consular affairs; foreign policy aspects of migration; international development cooperation with countries of origin and transit of migration.
- Ministry of Justice: responsible for border management and irregular migration (National Police), however, legislation is under Ministry of Immigration and Integration.
Last update: January 2019