Copenhagen’s “Trampoline House” got its bouncy name because it aims to give refugees streaming into Denmark a jump start into Danish society. It provides services like Danish and English lessons, and classes on the country’s immigration policies.

But a new conservative government in Denmark means budget cuts will impact the center, or even close it.

“We lost 60 percent of our budget. It will affect almost all projects, since we lack ability to cover basic needs such as rent, salaries, heating,” Trampoline House co-founder Morten Goll said.

Goll is “working around the clock to secure alternative funding.”

He hopes to receive donations from private citizens and foundations, but faces an increasingly harsh stance toward refugees entering the country.

“The challenge is that the political climate is quite hostile to refugees and asylumseekers,” Goll said.

Videographer Cameron Robertson toured the center and spoke with Goll and the refugees who have come to rely on its services.

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