An engineer from Kirkuk, 36-years old Nabil Darwish fled Iraq because he did not want to fight for Saddam Hussein.
A three man board rejected his case for political asylum but did not repatriate him because of the security situation in Iraq.
He has been stranded in Sandholm for six years, prohibited from building a new life in Europe and unable to return to the country he fled.
Karen Ellemann, a spokeswoman for the ruling Liberal Party, insists that Danish immigration policies are "strict but fair".
For the increasing number whose applications are rejected like Nabil, it means being caught up in a system with no obvious way out.
Al Jazeera's Awad Joumaa reports from Denmark.