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Struggling for citizenship: 39 Danish books is not enough

It is not right to do, if you as a foreigner will be a Danish citizen. It has the German-born interpreter and author Annette Herzog had to true, writes the Newspaper Denmark.

In January, she received the refusal of his application for Danish citizenship after three years of casework, because she does not meet the requirements for documentation of his language skills, despite the fact that she has a university degree in Danish and English from the university of Greifswald, has written 39 Danish children's books and even won awards for her writing.

- I think that it is very grotesque. My impression is that Immigration and Integration are out to reject as many as possible, says Annette Herzog to Ekstra Bladet.

Annette Herzog moved to Denmark after the fall of the berlin wall together with her then husband and their four children. The plan was not to stay, but only to study for six months.

Because the family has lived here so long and have long since left the German town of Grossbeeren, south of Berlin, she feels much more Danish than German.

- It is not a nice feeling to wait so long. You feel like a beggar. Most of us who seek citizenship, work and pay taxes and contribute to society, tells the frustrated author.

Her first children's book 'You never know with Emilie' was released in 2000. Since then, she has in everything written 39 books on the Danish like she in 2017 won the Danish Ministry of culture's Skriverpris for her book 'Hjertestorm/Stormhjerte'.

- I would also like to be able to vote in the general Election. It, the government decides, has a much greater influence on my life and my family, than what the German government is doing, she tells the Newspaper, Denmark.

It is required that you must pass a test in the Danish language in order to become a Danish citizen, but which may be granted in some cases, and it was, Annette Herzog hoped, as she took her CV into consideration.

- I have sent documentation of my university education and my books, but it is not good enough. When I discovered that my casework would take so long, I asked if I could not put my case on hold, so I could just take the certificate, so it would light on the processing time. But it it was not possible, she says.

- Two of my children have Danish citizenship, while the other two have not applied yet, she explains.

When Annette Herzog got his refusal, it was hard to understand.

- It is the clear that I can speak and write Danish. So it surprises me that they don't use common sense in the treatment of my case, she says.

Annette Herzog has not given up on its goal of becoming a Danish citizen.

- You can take danskprøven two times a year. So now I must wait for autumn, and so take the. Then I can apply again, she concludes.

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