Claims by some Danish politicians that EU rules on family reunions would cause a tidal wave of immigration have been put to shame.
According to as yet unpublished figures from the Ministry of Integration, the Immigration Service awarded 39 family reunion permits under EU rules in January 2009. On an annual basis this would, at first glance, suggest that 2009 would result in three times the number of people being afforded family reunion permits under EU rules compared to the 155 in 2008.
But according to politiken.dk’s information, the increase is more a result of the Immigration Service handling a backlog of 250 cases from 2008. In real terms, although 39 permits were given in January, the number of Danes seeking family reunions under EU rules has actually fallen.