Unbelievable gall. I posted on this in an earlier thread (can’t find it at the moment) and was called all sorts of lovely names. Then the Economist came out with an article stating much the same. Here it is again.
I’ve got a Danish acquaintance with a Nigerian husband who went through precisely the rigmarole described below, at a time when they had newborn twins and really would have benefited from being near her family.
[quote=“The Economist”]Mr Fogh Rasmussen waited until this month to postpone the referendum indefinitely. “The situation is so unclear after the Irish vote that a Danish referendum is no longer relevant,” he admitted on August 7th. Yet some blame the cancellation not on the Irish but on revelations through the summer of deep conflicts between Danish immigration practices and the EU’s rules on free movement of labour. Indeed, Marianne Vestager, leader of the opposition Social Liberals, condemned the postponement of the EU referendum as a ruse to deflect attention from the question of whether Danes seeking to bring their foreign spouses to Denmark had been deliberately misled by the authorities.
A mishmash of regulations imposed by Mr Fogh Rasmussen since 2002 has slashed the inflow of non-Danish spouses. Few mixed-marriage couples satisfy the strict thresholds for age, wealth and cultural affinity. So several thousand have set up home in neighbouring Sweden instead, many of them commuting across the Oresund bridge to work in Copenhagen.
Many of these couples, such as Loke Busch and his Chinese wife, Xiaofei, were aghast when it emerged that their two-year exile in Sweden had been unnecessary. EU rules on labour movement mean that Mr Busch needed only to take a Swedish job for a few weeks to secure a Danish residence permit for his wife. Yet, despite some 40 meetings with the Danish immigration authorities, Mr Busch (and thousands like him) were in the dark about this loophole until it was revealed by Berlingske Tidende, a Danish newspaper.
Mr Busch and his wife might win compensation for the inconvenience they have suffered. But unfortunately for them and others, Danish public opinion remains solidly in favour of tight immigration controls.[/quote]
Nice of your gov’t servants to leave you twisting in the wind because the gov’t disapproves of who you married.
I hope these couples get compensation by the bucket load.