Denmark deports foreign student over working hard

COPENHAGEN: Denmark deported a foreign student for exceeding his part-time work regulations.

The 30-year-old Marius Youbi is an engineering student at Aarhus University went back to home in Cameroon on January 7 over the expulsion orders that required him to leave Denmark by January 8.

The country has some Europe’s strict immigration policies and has continuously narrowed its regulations in recent months to avert foreigners from getting a new life in the country. Working hourly part-time as a cleaner in order to help pay for his educational expenses, Youbi appeared to have occasionally extended the 15-hour that he was permitted to work per week.

University spokesperson Anders Correll said: We disagree with this decision from the Danish immigration service.

The school issued a letter to immigration service’s Agency for Recruitment and Integration on December 23 demanding it to reconsider its order however the letter was not answered.

University’s rector Brian Bech Nielsen wrote in the letter: “Marius Youbi is one of the most talented students we have, the agency is able to reverse its decision and to not do so would be unfortunate”.

He added, “The country’s laws should of course be respected, but the ‘punishment’ does not meet the ‘crime’ in this case. Youbi has paid a fine and the Danish immigration service therefore considers that he has accepted his penalty.”

A spokesperson for Danish agency, Jesper Wodschow Larsen said, ” The decision was taken in line with the rules in place.”

Youbi was studying a bachelor’s degree in engineering and needed to write his thesis and undergo an internship with Danish company to earn his degree, Correll said.

Youbi said that he was ‘sad and disappointed, my work is wasted’.

He said, “This is four-and-a-half years that have gone up in smoke. I built up something here in Denmark. I’ve made many friends here, I have family here that I’m leaving behind. It’s hard to say goodbye to so much. I am still hopeful he could return to Denmark to resume his studies.”

He added: I hope I’ll be able to come back. First I’m going to go home and wait. Then I’ll hope for the best.