According to a new study conducted by Roskilde University, the Danish practice of spreading out immigrants to different parts of the country, which is supposed to better integrate them, could be doing more damage than good.

The PhD project (here in Danish) followed five Syrian families who were granted asylum in Denmark, and it revealed that the Danish asylum system and the forced spread of immigrants to smaller towns around the country makes it more difficult for newcomers to adapt to an existence in Denmark.

"What I saw when I was with the families at the asylum centres was that they constantly met new people. They were received by other Syrian families, leading to both parents and children making new friends," Ditte Shapiro, the researcher behind the study, told Videnskab.dk.

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