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Nordic welcome chillier for migrants as numbers snowball

Migrants were detained by Danish police at Padborg Station on September 9, 2015Asylum seekers flowing to Scandinavia are finding chillier welcomes as their numbers surge and far-right parties increasingly assert their influence on immigration policy, analysts say. Denmark, Norway and Finland — but also Sweden, heretofore especially welcoming to migrants — have begun cutting back the benefits they offer to newcomers while also hardening their asylum policies. “It seems there’s a certain amount of competition aimed at not offering the most generous social benefits to asylum seekers,” said Asle Toje, a Norwegian international relations expert.

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