Syrian refugee wants to live with two wives in Denmark

 
Syrian refugee wants to live with two wives in Denmark
A Syrian refugee with a Danish wife also wants to bring his Syrian wife and children to Denmark.

Mohammed Hussein Kurdi fled the war in Syria three years ago. Via Italy he came to Denmark, where he married the Danish woman Monika Seberg.

The two had a child together in March 2014 and Mohammed received a permanent residence permit in Denmark.

But back in Syria, he also has a wife and three children. Those he would now like to bring to Denmark, DR reports.

Mohammed misses his three Syrian children and his wife. So now they want to apply for family reunification.

Mohammed has not lied to Monika about his Syrian family, she says:

- He has never concealed the fact that he has a wife and three children, says Monika Seberg.

In Denmark it is forbidden to have multiple wives. But the Danish authorities do not recognize Monika and Mohammed's marriage because it is Islamic.

- They do not consider me as Mohammed's wife. They consider me to be his girlfriend and mother of his child, says Monika Seberg.

Today the family lives in a house in Thisted. But if they get Mohammed's family to Denmark, they must find a much larger home.

- There should be two bedrooms, one for her and one for me, and then Mohammed will sleep some nights in one place and some nights the second place, says Monika.

The two children from her first marriage are positive, as family and friends.

But she has also received many negative reactions:

- I've got some nasty messages on Facebook from strangers. But I follow my heart, and there are also many who support me, says Monika Seberg.

In the Syrian culture it is allowed to have up to four wives.

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