Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Glamorous American girlfriend of Danish PM's son is being kicked out of the country after the Harvard-educated social media star fell foul of the nation's stringent immigration laws

The American girlfriend of Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen's son is being kicked out of the country due to the country's stringent immigration laws. 
Rasmussen's son, Bergur, will be forced to temporarily split from his Harvard-educated girlfriend, Aran Katarina Kirschenmann. 
She and Bergur are likely to have met when he was attending Harvard in 2015. Now 29, he is running for a seat in the European parliament. 
Kirschenman, who is from Medina, Washington, and has 110,000 Instagram followers, is due to graduate this summer with a degree in economics. She works for a Danish public relations firm as a 'student worker' currently. 
But because she is 22, she is too young to seek residence under Danish immigration laws and must leave the nation by the end of this month. 
In Denmark, anyone under the age of 24 is not eligible to seek residency following the 2002 passage of a law that was intended to end the automatic right of entry of a spouse. 
The law raised the minimum age at which immigrants can bring a foreign spouse to live in Denmark from 18 to 24 and was intended to stop people from bringing in child brides but, according to her boyfriend's father, is not flexible enough for cases like hers.
PM Rasmussen placed immigration policy into the spotlight by announcing the news during a debate broadcast on Sunday evening, just weeks before Danes prepare to vote in the country's national election on June 5. 
'It's to wonder at, that we live in a country that has no place for her,' Rasmussen said. 
Since her boyfriend's father thrust her case into the public eye, she has switched her lucrative Instagram account - where she made money by partnering with brands for sponsored posts - to private. 
Before attending Harvard, she went to the Bellevue International School on the outskirts of Washington. 
She and Bergur met when he was in the United States. She opted to study for the Spring semester in Copenhagen this year, likely to be with him, and is campaigning on social media for him to win a seat in the European parliament. 

Rasmussen's minority government has been relying on support from the right-wing populist Danish People's Party (DF) to pass laws, and has presided over a toughening of laws to curb immigration into the Nordic welfare state as a result.
But last week, he voiced readiness to form a governing coalition with the Social Democrats after the June 5 election to help curb the influence of smaller, more extreme parties. 
'I fear that Danish politics will be thrown into chaos - a fear I believe is shared by many Danes,' Rasmussen said. 
'If I only get the opportunity to continue as premier by making myself politically dependent on the extreme right, then I would much rather explore the possibility of cooperation across the middle,' said Rasmussen, alluding to the Social Democrats. 
Bergur himself is seeking election to the European Parliament as a candidate for Venstre. 

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