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Cash allowances

The cash allowances for asylum seekers in Denmark comprise:

  • Basic allowance
  • Supplementary allowance, if applicable
  • Caregiver allowance for asylum seekers with children, for first and second child
  • Reduced caregiver allowance for asylum seekers with children, for third and fourth child

Basic allowance

The basic allowance, which covers expenses for food, personal hygiene items etc. is granted if the asylum seeker is over 18 and does not receive free meals at the asylum centre.

Supplementary allowance

If the asylum seeker is over 18, he/she is required to make an agreement – a contract – with his/her asylum centre. The contract specifies the tasks the asylum seeker is required to carry out at the asylum centre and the asylum seekers participation in education and other activities.

If the asylum seeker complies with the contract with the asylum centre, he/she will be eligible to receive a supplementary allowance. Read more about education and other activities.

If the asylum seeker does not comply with the contract with the asylum centre, his/her supplementary allowance will be reduced or revoked.

Caregiver allowance

If the asylum seeker has dependent children under 18 accommodated together with the asylum seeker, the asylum seeker will receive a caregiver allowance to support them. One allowance per child is given. The full caregiver allowance is paid for a maximum of two children. A reduced caregiver allowance is granted to families with a third or fourth child. Allowances are not granted for more than four children.

Special terms for asylum seekers from countries with a low risk of persecution

Special conditions apply for an asylum seeker from a country with a minimal risk of persecution. Such an asylum seekers application is processed according to the expedited version of the manifestly unfounded procedure. Read more about processing an application for asylum.

An asylum seeker from such a country is normally required to live at a centre with a cafeteria where free meals are served (food allowance programme) and will not receive any form of cash benefits.

Current amounts

The amounts are adjusted annually. The amounts for 2017 are as follows:

The basic allowance is DKK 50.31 per day per adult. If the asylum seeker lives in an asylum centre with his/her spouse or cohabiting partner, they will receive DKK 39.83 per day per adult. The basic allowance is paid in advance every other Thursday.

While the application is in its initial phase – when it has yet to be determined whether the application will be processed in Denmark – the supplementary allowance is DKK 8.39 per day. If it is decided that the application is to be processed in Denmark, the supplementary allowance will be increased to DKK 29.36 per day. The supplementary allowance is paid every other Thursday, at the end of each fourteen-day period.

The caregiver allowance for the first and second child, during the initial phase, is DKK 58.7 per child per day. If it is decided that the application is to be processed in Denmark, the caregiver allowance will be increased to DKK 79.65 per child per day. There is a reduced caregiver allowance for the third and fourth child of DKK 41.93 per child per day.

If the asylum seeker lives at an asylum centre with a cafeteria where free meals are served and he/she is in the initial phase, the caregiver allowance is DKK 8.39 per child per day for the first two children. If the asylum seeker is living at an asylum centre with a cafeteria where free meals are served and his/her application is in the processing phase, or he/she has received a final rejection of his/her application and is assisting the authorities with the deportation process, the caregiver allowance is DKK 29.36 per child per day. If the asylum seeker is living at an asylum centre with a cafeteria where free meals are served, he/she will receive no reduced caregiver allowance for his/her third or fourth child.

The caregiver allowance is paid in advance every other Thursday.

Examples of cash allowances

Examples of cash allowances if the asylum seeker’s application is in the initial phase of processing and he/she is entitled to the full supplementary allowance:

Example 1: Family of two adults and two children living at an asylum centre with no free meals: DKK 2,993.76 every 14 days. 

Example 2: Single adult with no children living at an asylum centre with no free meals: DKK 821.8 every 14 days.

Examples of cash allowances if the asylum seeker’s application is being processed according to the normal procedure or if the asylum seeker has received a final rejection and is assisting the authorities with the deportation process and is entitled to the supplementary allowance:
 
Example 3: Family of two adults and two children living at an asylum centre with no free meals: DKK 4,167.52 every 14 days.

Example 4: Single adult with no children living at an asylum centre with no free meals: DKK 1,115.38 every 14 days. 

Examples of cash allowances if the asylum seeker is on the food allowance program:

Example 5: Family of two adults and two children on the food allowance program living at an asylum centre with no free meals: DKK 2,523.92 every 14 days.

Example 6: Single adult without children on the food allowance program living at an asylum centre with no free meals: DKK 704.34 every 14 days.  



Last update: 1/13/2017
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