The authorities are trying to determine if 49 asylum-seekers who were denied the opportunity to stay in Denmark have actually returned to their home countries or simply disappeared into the Danish countryside.

The missing asylum-seekers disappeared from a Danish deportation centre before the authorities had the chance to send them home.

On paper, 84 male asylum-seekers should have been sent home from the Kærshovedgård deportation centre in Ikast in central Jutland. Only 35 of the men are actually at the centre, leaving 49 who have either never appeared or disappeared.

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