New figures reveal the Danish government managed to save 1.8 billion kroner in the area of dealing with an anticipated surge in asylum-seekers that failed to materialise in 2016.

The funds had been diverted away from international aid, and concerns were voiced in September 2006 that they would not be spent in that area.

However, the development minister, Ulla Tørnæs, has now confirmed the funds will be spent on long-term overseas development projects in areas adjacent to the trouble-spots many of the asylum-seekers are fleeing from.

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