"I would like to go to Sweden, but have been held behind in Denmark. In Sweden, I would have reunited with my family and children within three months," the 47-year-old father of 20 children told the Danish tabloid newspaper Extra Bladet.
The Kingdom of Sweden is a much more desirable destination for would-be welfare recipients. In Denmark, having 20 children entitles a family to 214,128 kroner (roughly 30,000 dollars) each year, Extra Bladet pointed out. If al-Hasan manages to bring his large family over the Øresund Strait to Sweden, he could bag up to 500,000 krona (roughly 60,000 dollars) in government money annually.
After Daham al-Hasans story made headlines in Denmark, a fierce debate broke out on whether or not the fertile Syrian man should be entitled to child benefits for all the children he had fathered. Remarkably, Daham al-Hasan promised to return to Syria as soon as the war there is over.
In November, Stockholm introduced temporary border controls within the Schengen visa-free travel zone in an attempt to curb immigration into the country amid the storming refugee crisis. The border controls have been since repeatedly prolonged by the government.