From barracks to accommodation centre
The reception and departure centre for asylum-seekers, Sandholm Accommodation Centre, is located some 30 kilometres north of Copenhagen. The old yellow military barracks were built in 1909-12 and from 1945 to 1985 housed the Royal Life Guards. In 1985 the Danish Red…
Life at the Sandholm Accommodation Centre
Families are accommodated together in double rooms, while lone asylum-seekers are accommodated with other lone individuals of the same sex. The residents are free to come and go as they wish. Some of the asylum-seekers are affected by their stay of up to seven years at the Sandholm centre. A number of them have experienced traumatic events before coming to Denmark. The adult asylum-seekers are entitled to receive education and are on employment activation programmes. Depending on their age, the children attend the centre's playgroup, the Danish Red Cross school or the local school. In 2008, the Close the Centre" demonstration rallied 1,000 of Denmark's autonomists – a movement of radical left-wing activists – who mounted a demonstration to close the centre, which ended in confrontation between the police and demonstrators. "
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