No child support refund for Faroese and Greenlandic parents

Tax Ministry to pay back child support to EU citizens, but not to islanders

The parents of around 500 Faroese and Greenlandic children living in Denmark will not be among those getting money back when the Tax Ministry starts refunding EU parents the child support they have been entitled to since 2012, DR reported yesterday.

The EU Commission last summer ruled that Denmark was unjustified in its decision to not pay child support to EU citizens who had not lived in Denmark for at least two years of the last ten.

However, while the same ten-year requirement was applied to people from the Faroe Islands and Greenland, they will not be getting any money back.

Tax minister: I will look into it
However, Tax Minister Morten Østergaard said that he will look into it if it turns out to be a problem.

“Today, persons from Greenland and the Faeroe Islands have the same opportunities to get child support as everyone else," he said.

"I will look into it if it turns out that there is a problem due to the former government’s requirement that they should have lived in Denmark for two years before they become entitled to child support."