Updated 31.03.21

Healthcare rights of migrants

Asylum seekers: Can receive basic primary services and emergency hospital services, but are required to apply for specialised treatment in the case of life threatening and painful chronic diseases, which are financed by the Danish Immigration Service


Refugees: Are entitled to free access to healthcare, if they have been registered as residents for more than six weeks

Children under the age of 16 are covered by the same form of coverage as their parents


Undocumented migrants: Can access emergency care free of charge, which is covered by the Danish Immigration Service. They may in some circumstances access primary and secondary care in return for payment of the full cost. 

They may enquire at one of the asylum centres or at the Danish Immigration Service when in need of treatment

HIV testing and treatment

Testing: Free and confidential for all. Testing is available in clinics, hospitals or with general practitioners. 

Use the aidsmap European test finder to see where you can get tested for HIV. 

Treatment: Free treatment for some. Undocumented migrants are excluded.

Country Statistics

Total Population: 5,792,202 


Estimated migrant population: 572,520


Estimated refugee population (2019): 37,533


Estimated number of undocumented migrants (2019): 10,000 to 15,000 


Main migrant populations (2020): Poland, Syria, Turkey