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 DENMARK

Denmark, traditionally liberal in its immigration policies, has recently adopted a more questioning stance on the issue.

New laws designed to make lifer tougher for immigrants and dissuade others from even thinking of going there were recently approved.

Immigrants will have to wait seven years instead of three before they qualify for full welfare benefits. This is supposed to make them seek work.

To reduce the number of arranged marriages, the age at which someone can marry a foreigner and bring him or her in is raised from 18 to 24.

These measures appear to have had some effect already. Numbers applying for asylum in the first three months of 2002 fell to 1,877, compared with 3,114 in the last quarter of 2001.

Sweden is already complaining that refugees who would have gone to Denmark are now trying Sweden instead.

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