Denmark: Net Migration, by year
YearNo. of immigrantsNo. of emigrantsNet migration
202398,34468,17230,172
2022121,18362,92758,256
202176,27849,80326,475
202070,34059,42010,920
201983,91874,5979,321
201887,32968,64518,684
201789,38264,75124,631
201694,36564,07830,287
201598,87261,07837,794
201487,56356,34031,223
201379,21859,22619,992
  • Region: Denmark
  • Time period: 2013 to 2023
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 13, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Peak Migration Year

2022 marked the peak year for migration to Denmark with a record 121,183 immigrants, demonstrating a significant spike compared to other years. The net migration that year also reached its highest at 58,256, underlining a substantial increase in Denmark's population growth from migration.

Lowest Net Migration in Recent Years

The year 2020 saw the lowest net migration of the last decade at only 10,920, indicating a sharp decline in the migration surplus due to the close numbers of immigrants (70,340) and emigrants (59,420).

Steady Increase in Emigration

A steady increase in the number of emigrants was observed from 2013 to 2019, growing from 59,226 to 74,597. This trend reflects an expanding movement of individuals leaving Denmark over the years.

Year with Highest Net Migration Growth

Between 2015 and 2016, net migration saw a significant leap from 37,794 to 30,287, marking a substantial growth period in Denmark's migration history despite a decrease in the absolute number of migrants.

Comparison of Migration Trends

While 2023 experienced a decrease in both immigrants (98,344) and emigrants (68,172) compared to 2022, it maintained a robust net migration figure of 30,172, showcasing a resilient migration trend.

Declining Trend in Immigration Numbers

After reaching a peak in 2022, the number of immigrants began to decline, with 2023 recording a lower figure of 98,344 immigrants. This suggests a potential shift in migration patterns or policies affecting the influx into Denmark.

Stabilizing Emigration Figures

The emigration figures show signs of stabilization in recent years, with the numbers marginally decreasing from 74,597 in 2019 to 68,172 in 2023. This indicates a less volatile movement of people leaving Denmark.

Significant Yearly Net Migration Fluctuations

Net migration figures have experienced significant yearly fluctuations, from as low as 9,321 in 2019 to as high as 58,256 in 2022. These fluctuations highlight the dynamic nature of migration patterns affecting Denmark.

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the peak year for migration to Denmark and how many immigrants arrived that year?

The peak year for migration to Denmark was 2022, with a record 121,183 immigrants arriving that year.

Which year saw the lowest net migration of the last decade?

The year 2020 saw the lowest net migration of the last decade, with only 10,920 net migrants.

During which years was there a steady increase in the number of emigrants from Denmark?

There was a steady increase in the number of emigrants from Denmark from 2013 to 2019.

Terms and Definitions

Migration refers to the movement of people from one place to another with the intent of settling, either permanently or temporarily, in the new location. The reasons for migration can vary from economic and political circumstances to personal factors and natural disasters.

Migration flow is a term used to describe the movement of people between different areas or countries. This can be further categorized into immigration (incoming flow) and emigration (outgoing flow). It is typically measured over specific periods, like annually.

Immigration refers to the movement of individuals into a destination country of which they are not natives or do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens.

Emigration is the act of leaving one's resident country or region with the intent to settle elsewhere. Conventionally, it refers to economically motivated migration from a less developed to a more developed country.

Net migration is the difference between the number of immigrants (people coming into an area) and the number of emigrants (people leaving the area). A positive net migration indicates more people coming in than leaving, while negative net migration indicates the opposite.

Asylum seekers are individuals who have left their native country and applied to be recognized as refugees in another country. Their application is based on a justified fear of persecution in their home country due to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

Refugees are individuals who have been forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. They are legally recognised as refugees by international law, and are therefore entitled to basic rights and protection.

Push and Pull factors are forces that spur migration from the original country (Push factors) and draw them to a new country (Pull factors). Push factors can include things like poverty, unemployment, or lack of freedom, while pull factors can include better economic opportunities, political freedom, or environmental conditions.
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