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More Danish immigrants will be old at their original homeland

Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Many immigrants in Denmark will be very happy to get old in their original homeland.

As such Turks, Bosnians, Serbians, and more refugees and immigrants now choose to travel to their homelands to spend their retirement in their own home countries, according to a Danish report.

A statement from the Danish Refugee Council shows that 613 refugees and immigrants went home voluntarily in 2011 against 370 in 2010. Two-thirds of the returnees are pensioners, and the organization receives in general several requests from immigrants who want to explore the possibility of growing old in their home countries.

One main factor is the fear of nursing homes in Denmark. The largest groups are Bosnians, Turks and Serbs and the vast majority are older people who have some form of pension. They say that they want to be old in their own home countries, where they have family and feel less lonely, according to the Danish reports.

According to the Danish Refugee Council, they're afraid of dying in Denmark and they are worried about the prospect of becoming so sick in Denmark and the effect that will have on their human dignity.  Nursing homes are some of the most fearful places these immigrants would want to be when they get old.

According to the Danish Refugee Council there is increased interest in application for repatriation funds other forms of financial support for returning refugees which was increased in 2010. A refugee or immigrant who wants to returns to their home country could receive Dkr123,290 to start a new life. Moreover, it is possible to get help from other travel expenses, health insurance in the first year, and in some cases, the returned person will have part of their Danish pension paid.

“It's a very big decision to settle permanently in their home country. A refugee can return to Denmark within one year, but immigrants have no right to return. Once they are gone out, they lose their rights to return to Denmark. They have therefore to consider the decision very carefully,” says Vagn Klim Larsen from the Danish Red Cross.
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