According to figures from EU statistics keeper Eurostat, Denmark is ranked 17th in Europe when it comes to the number of asylum-seekers per capita.

The ranking is the lowest for a decade and something that pleases the immigration minister, Inger Støjberg, who praised the more stringent legislation that has been passed under her tenure.

"We have passed 64 tightening laws, making us a less attractive nation to seek asylum in," she told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

"This means we can better concentrate on getting those who have arrived into the labour market and getting them to embrace the country, language and values."

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