Danish-Filipino family seeks refuge in Sweden from Danish extradition

Danish immigration authorities throws out Filipina mother and three of her children from Denmark – but allows her 16 month old son to stay in Denmark.


The Danish daily “Ekstra Bladet” questions in an article the decision by the Danish immigration authorities that would effectively split the 16 month old boy from his mother. Now the family has fled to Sweden to stay together.

The article, written by David Andersen, was published in Danish but shared on the Facebook page of the Danish Filipino couple in an English translation.

“I am not accusing the Immigration Office for breaking the law, because I do not believe that they have, but how can you be so cold to give us the choice of whether to remove our smallest son from her mother and siblings or move abroad all together?” asks Jackie Kroer, the 46 year old Danish father of the 16 month old boy.

Jackie Kroer met 34 year old Jennifer Estebal and her three children after the typhoon Haiyan had devastated her home in Tacloban City in the Philippines. Since then, the couple have lived together in Denmark, where they because of Jackie Kroers revenue is financially self-sufficient, and therefore does not cost the Danish state a penny in support, according to the article.

Ekstra Bladet asked the Immigration authorities about the case and was told the case could be reviewed. The problem was that the couple were only living together, not legally married.

“Let me emphasize that our decision is not definitive, since final decision rests ewith the appeals office of the Immigration Office,” writes Lone Zeuner of the Danish immigration office in a mail to Ekstra Bladet.

The couple now lives in Sweden hoping for a reversal of the decision.

The article in Ekstra Bladet is here: http://ekstrabladet.dk/nyheder/samfund/article5043639.ece

The Facebook page is here:  https://www.facebook.com/TiempoKroer

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