Allowance cut down in asylum centre

Asylum-seekers in Kongelunden asylum centre, have got less allowance due to finance deduction.

By Jiaxin He

Located in southern Copenhagen, Kongelunden centre is the only asylum and special care centre in this city. (Photo: Jiaxin He)

Money allocated to asylum centres has been cut down because the number of asylum-seekers coming to Denmark (about 5000 so far) is much less than the government’s expectation of 25000 this year.

“Since three months ago, allowance has been reduced by 10%,” says David Jason Lou, an asylum-seeker living in Kongelunden, the only asylum and special care centre in Copenhagen, for four years.

Lars Skaarup Mainz, an educator working here for 23 years says, “They don’t get enough money to buy a packet of cigarettes per day.” Normally a person now gets DKK40 per day.

About 200 people live in Kongelunden, including children without parents. They need to cover most expenses by themselves including transportation and food although things like accommodation are free.

Among the asylum-seekers, children without the company of parents and people with diagnoses will be sent to a special care centre like Kongelunden.

Among the asylum-seekers, people with diagnoses and children without the company of parents will be sent to a special care centre like Kongelunden. (Photo: Jiaxin He)

 

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This short story is written for an audience in UK and could be published in the news section of www.theguardian.com/world/refugees.