COPENHAGEN -Denmark has deported a seven-year-old child and her mother following the death of their benefactor in the country. Im Nielsen’s stepfather, and mother Suthida Nielsen’s husband, succumbed to cancer last year.
Following the death of Mr Nielsen, The Danish Immigration Service sought to have Im and her mother sent back to their native Thailand. The department said that with the demise of Mr Nielsen, the duo did not have sufficient ties to Denmark to justify their continued residence here.
The case went to court in September and the judge ruled the Nielsen’s should be sent back to Thailand. An appeals court confirmed the decision last month and the Copenhagen Post reported that the pair were put on an aeroplane bound for Thailand on Sunday.
Before boarding the flight to Thailand, Danish reporters questioned Im. She told them she was being forced out of Denmark because her father had died. She continued by saying she would miss her grandparents as well as her classmates at Aabybro Skole.
She said she was worried about going to a new school in Thailand and the fact that she did not know anybody or have any friends there. When the case first went to court, the Nielsen’s lawyer stated that Im had spent half of her short life in Denmark and only spoke Danish.
Justice Minister Morten Bodskov told reporters affiliated to the Danish national newspaper Berlingske after the deportation that he had asked the country’s civil servants to ensure immigration laws remained fair. The minister said he could not interfere with individual cases, but wanted to make sure new residents were not evicted after the death of a sponsor if their ties to the country were strong.
A new retrospective law passed on Wednesday ensures that 7-year old Im and her mother can return to Denmark
Except from Dansk Folkeparti, all the parties in the Danish Parliament agreed on wednesday 13 Novcember on a new law which will make it possible for 7-year old Im and her mother Suthida to come back to Denmark after being deporte.
The law means that people with permission to stay in Denmark, who end up in the same situation as Im did, will be treated after the same rules.
The law will work retrospective two years back and will take effect with an open window on six months, where persons in similar situations have the chance to seek for having their case reconsidered.
“It is a solution that points forward and looks backwards,” said Minister of Justice Morten Bødskov.
“It makes sense for us to choose a limit of two years of retrospective, because it ensures that the person who used to be in Denmark, did show a strong intent to integrate in the Danish society,” he added.