Agreement on asylum seekers nears

Political negotiations over living conditions for asylum seekers got underway yesterday

Negotiations that are expected to lead to better living conditions for asylum seekers waiting to return home began on Tuesday.

The Liberal-Conservative government is expected to reach an agreement with the Danish People's Party, its key ally in parliament, that would allow families whose applications for asylum had been rejected the chance to live outside refugee centres while they wait to return home.

Living conditions for asylum seekers was one of the main topics during the autumn 2007 general election.

The government is ready to allow certain families to move out of centres, but the nationalist Danish People's Party has expressed concern that doing so would cut off the asylum seekers from the social and psychological services offered by the Red Cross.

The first day of negotiations ended without an agreement, but the parties are expected to meet again today.

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