Number of immigrants living in Denmark 2020, by country of origin

As of January 1, 2020, with more than 41 thousand people living in the country, most immigrants came from Poland. The second and third most popular origins were Syria and Turkey, amounting to almost 36 thousand and 33 thousand people, respectively. Only one Nordic country was represented among the 10 most frequent nationalities of immigrants in Denmark, Norway. Indeed, close to 16 thousand Norwegians lived in Denmark in 2020.

Tightening immigration policies

Like many European countries, Denmark experienced a heightened influx of immigrants in 2015. In the wake of the refugee situation, however, the number of immigrants, notably asylum seekers, declined due to sharpened immigration policies. In 2015, over 21.3 thousand refugees applied for asylum in Denmark, whereas applications fell to 2.7 thousand in 2019.

Residence permits

Among the different types of residence permits, permits granted based on asylum were the least delivered type of permit. Fewer than 1.8 thousand people were granted asylum in Denmark in 2019. In Denmark, most asylum seekers came from Syria and Eritrea. In 2019, the country registered around 500 applications from either one of these countries.

Number of immigrants living in Denmark in 2020, by country of origin

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

January 1, 2020

Special properties

top 20 countries

Supplementary notes

Immigrants are defined as people born abroad who currently reside in Denmark and whose parents are not Danish citizens and are not born in Denmark. If there is no information about one of the parents and the person was born abroad, the person is perceived as an immigrant.

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