Denmark has expelled a student to Cameroon for exceeding the number of hours allowed for part-time work, the University of Aarhus said on Saturday.
30-year-old Marius Youbi, who was studying engineering, had to return to Cameroon on January 7, a decree requiring him to leave Denmark by 8 January.
The small Scandinavian country, which has one of the strictest immigration policies, has further tightened its rules in recent months to deter foreigners from seeking a new life there.
Marius Youbi, who worked part-time as a maintenance worker to finance his studies, was criticized for occasionally exceeding 15 hours of work per week to which he was entitled.
The university asked the immigration authorities to reconsider their decision, but to no avail, told AFP spokesman Anders Correll.
“Marius Youbi is one of our best students,” Rector Brian Bech Nielsen said in a December letter to the administration, a copy of which was received by AFP.
“Sad and disappointed”
A spokesman for the Danish immigration agency, Jesper Wodschow Larsen, said the decision was made “in accordance with the rules in force”, in a statement to AFP. In an interview on Danish radio just before he left for Cameroon, Marius Youbi said he was “sad and disappointed”.
“My job is ruined: four and a half years have gone up in smoke,” he added. “I built something here in Denmark. I have a lot of friends, the family I leave behind. It’s hard to say goodbye to so many things, “he said.
Marius Youbi added that he still hopes to be able to return to Denmark to resume his studies.