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15 February 2018

15 February 2018

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen was interviewed by DR’s Detektor on the Danish Social Democrats’ claim, that ‘Every time we spend 135kr on an asylum seeker in Europe, we only spend 1kr on a refugee in the developing countries’. According to Lemberg-Pedersen, then “the numbers are meaningless”.

According to the Social Democrats, it should no longer be possible to apply for asylum neither at the Danish borders nor in the asylum centers. The argument is following the logic of Paul Collier and Alexander Betts’ calculations stating that: “Every time we spend $135 on an asylum seeker in Europe, we only spend $1 on a refugee in the developing countries”

DR’s Detektor has investigated the claim and interviewed Martin Lemberg-Pedersen on the matter, who states that when you look behind the numbers it is obvious that the comparison is problematic and that the calculations are meaningless.


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Read earlier GRS’ news on migration policies and outsourcing of migration control:

► Martin Lemberg-Pedersen on the Social Democrats’ proposal

► Making money from EU's migration policies in Libya

► Tödliche Seenotrettung: Die brutalen Einsätze der libyschen Küstenwache im Mittelmeer

► Migrantkrisen - Når Europa meler sin egen kage


Interested in reading more about Europe´s attempts to externalize border control? Read Lemberg-Pedersen´s work on the EurAfrican borderscapes, outsourcing to Libya, the European arms industry´s export of control equipment, and the reconfiguration of the EU/Turkish border system:

► Book-chapter (2016) Effective protection or effective combat? EU Border Control and North Africa

► Book-chapter (2015) Between asylum and security. Reconfigurations in the EU/Turkish borderscapes

► Book-chapter (2015) Losing the right to have right. EU Externalization of Border Control

► Book-chapter (2013) Private Security Companies and the EU Borderscapes

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