Asylum-seekers in Kongelunden asylum centre, have got less allowance due to finance deduction.
By 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.
This short story is written for an audience in UK and could be published in the news section of www.theguardian.com/world/refugees.