Before the law all are equal. This also applies to our Northern neighbors Denmark and also for the country’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen and his family. The now gets to feel namely the strict immigration laws in the Scandinavian country, reports from several Danish media.

In a TV-duel in the TV2 for the upcoming Parliament election on 5. June, a spectator told me that he can’t live because of the strict laws in the country together with his wife, although she is studying in the United States Danish. Then the government was the chief of the right-liberal party Venstre, personally, and told the 25-year-olds, live in front of television cameras: “I’ve got a 29-year-old son, who is in exactly the same Situation as you. He has a girlfriend, who is not yet 24 years old and just graduated at Harvard University makes. She is now in Denmark, to make a part of their training, and must now leave the country by the end of the month, because she has the right to stay here. I think it’s kind of weird.”

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the Background of the dilemmas of the spectator and of Løkke Rasmussen, as a rule in the Danish aliens legislation. Thus, married couples in Denmark are allowed to merge, and thus living together, both must meet the spouses of several requirements. One of them is that both must be at least 24 years old. This means that the spouse is under 24 years old, married to a Danish citizen to get a residence permit. In addition, there are certain requirements for education, language skills and income. Was introduced the law back in 2002.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that it is a Dilemma for politicians to make laws that apply to all, but in some cases, it is not the purpose fulfilled, you should. Nevertheless, he holds on to the strict migration laws in his country: “we support fully and completely, that a strict immigration policy. I support the 24-year rule.” However, he suggested to loosen the laws for people from certain countries. So should it, for example, for US-Americans come to be easier to Denmark than for Somalis.

minimum income is also a Problem

Løkke Rasmussen’s 29-year-old son, Bergur Løkke Rasmussen, wrote to the issue on Twitter, that it is for the use of foreign labor is easier to come to Denmark, and thanked his father. Bergur Løkke Rasmussen is himself a candidate of the party Venstre in the European election. According to the public broadcaster DR will not add to this would be for his girlfriend that you met the requirement to have an annual income of at least least 427,000 Danish crowns (approximately 57,000 Euro). Venstre wants to set the minimum income but down.

It is not the first Time that a Danish Prime Minister with the 24-year rule was in conflict. During the election campaign in 2005, the then leading candidate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen of a very similar Problem reported.

sources: “Berlingske”, “Jyllands-Posten”, “policies”, DR, TV2

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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