Denmark deports top foreign student for working ‘Too Hard’

Denmark deports top foreign student for working ‘Too Hard’

Denmark deports top foreign student for working ‘Too Hard’

Written by Staff Writer

11 Jan, 2016 | 11:53 am

Denmark has kicked a foreign student out of the country for exceeding hourly part-time work regulations, despite Aarhus University’s efforts to hang onto one of its top students, the school said Saturday.

Marius Youbi, a 30-year-old engineering student, flew home to Cameroon on January 7 under an expulsion order requiring him to leave Denmark by January 8.

The Scandinavian country has some of Europe’s strictest immigration policies, and has repeatedly tightened its regulations in recent months to deter foreigners from seeking a new life in the country.

Working part-time as a cleaner to help pay for his studies, Youbi was found to have occasionally exceeded the 15 hours he was allowed to work per week.

“We disagree with this decision from the Danish immigration service,” university spokesman Anders Correll told AFP.

The school’s rector sent a letter to the immigration service’s Agency for Recruitment and Integration on December 23 asking it to reconsider its decision, but the letter was not answered, Correll said.

“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,” rector Brian Bech Nielsen wrote in the letter, a copy of which was sent to AFP.

“The country’s laws should of course be respected, but the ‘punishment’ does not meet the ‘crime’ in this case,” he wrote.

Youbi “has paid a fine … (and) the Danish immigration service therefore considers that he has accepted his penalty,” Correll said.


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