Mystery: Thousands of Migrants Go Missing in Denmark

Nearly 3,000 migrants who have failed the asylum process are completely unaccounted for in Denmark.

The staggering figure is “very worrying,” according to a local judge who understands that any of the migrants could be a threat to national security.

“They could easily be working illegally in Denmark and undermining the Danish labor market, or in the worst case be potential terrorists,” said the judge.

The failed asylum seekers truly could be anywhere, but a justice spokesperson has enough faith in the rest of Denmark’s law enforcement regiment to believe that migrants have left the country due to how hard it is to get around without IDs.

“It’s difficult to get by in Denmark without identification papers,” said the spokesperson. “So I think there’s only a small number of these people still in the country.”

Correspondingly, routine police work should be able to round up a “small number” of the missing migrants, according to immigration official Helga Lund Laursen.

“A small number will, based on our experience, turn up again at their previous place of accommodation,” said Laursen. “The police also encounter some of them as part of their daily patrol work and with their regular work in cooperation with tax and employment authorities.”

If that figure wasn’t daunting enough for immigration officials, the whereabouts of a further 2,729 migrants who applied for asylum, but who have yet to receive a pass/fail decision, are also completely unaccounted for.

Elsewhere, instead of disappearing, migrants in other European countries go about asylum rejection differently.

Reapplying for asylum in Finland has become such a long and bureaucratic process that immigration officials demanded additional mental health facilities specifically for migrants who become depressed while waiting for a decision that could take years to happen.

(PHOTO: Francis Dean / Contributor / Getty Images)

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