13-year-old’s deportation upheld

November 4th, 2011

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In a high-profile immigration case, the Justice Ministry has denied the family reunification appeal of 13-year-old Thai boy Sirapat Kamminsen.

Kamminsen was forced to leave Denmark in March of this year, leaving behind his mother, step-father and half-brother.The former Immigration Service (Udlændingeservice) determined that he was not sufficiently capable of integrating and he was sent to Thailand despite having no close relatives there who could care for him.

He has since been living with an elderly school teacher who took pity on him. The family had hoped that an appeal would lead to the boy being reunited with his family, but last week the Justice Ministry upheld the original ruling and determined that Kamminsen was not capable of successfully integrating to Denmark. The decision was handed down the day before his 13th birthday.

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