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The Foreigner Editorial: What should we do with Maria Amelie?. Maria Amelie’s case is proving to be a hot political and bureaucratic Blini for Norway’s tripartite Coalition and immigration officials. 25-year-old Masters Graduate Madina Salamova’s (alias Maria Amelie) journey into the cold, Norwegian limelight has the government divided. On one side of the Moskva River stands the Socialist Left Party (SV), which seems to have given up fighting her deportation; on the other, civil servants and Labour Party (Ap) politicians who have resolved to send her out. The Centre Party (Sp) has decided to be spectators. Norwegian-speaking Ms Salamova’s return date has not been set, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg leads the deportation choir, reassuring the public she will be put on a plane to Moscow at a suitable time.

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Editorial: What should we do with Maria Amelie?

Published on Thursday, 20th January, 2011 at 13:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:14.

Maria Amelie’s case is proving to be a hot political and bureaucratic Blini for Norway’s tripartite Coalition and immigration officials.



25-year-old Masters Graduate Madina Salamova’s (alias Maria Amelie) journey into the cold, Norwegian limelight has the government divided. On one side of the Moskva River stands the Socialist Left Party (SV), which seems to have given up fighting her deportation; on the other, civil servants and Labour Party (Ap) politicians who have resolved to send her out. The Centre Party (Sp) has decided to be spectators.

Norwegian-speaking Ms Salamova’s return date has not been set, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg leads the deportation choir, reassuring the public she will be put on a plane to Moscow at a suitable time.

Of course, her case is not unique. There are thousands of paperless, illegal refugees living in Norway. Over two hundred asylum seekers have been deported so far this year.

What sets her apart is many have gone into hiding, they do not have books printed about their experiences, do not write critical commentaries published in Aftenposten, one of Norway’s major newspapers, do not get university degrees, or a prize for “Norwegian of the Year.”

Ms Salamova has also become an outspoken celebrity because of what both Per Willy Amundsen, the Progress Party’s (FrP) immigration policy, and newspaper owner Trygve Hegnar quite correctly say is an almost completely unified media campaign.

Meanwhile, Madina has outstayed her welcome; her recent asylum application has now been refused. Despite efforts to find possible solutions preventing her from being declared a persona non grata, officials and Labour politicians have become villains in the eyes of many by adhering to their active, egalitarian immigration laws without considering grounds for clemency.

What should we, the media, do with Maria Amelie? Is it better to avoid covering one person’s situation in detail because of the thousands of nameless others, to avoid one-sided press coverage, to remain complicit because being an illegal immigrant outweighs successful linguistic, academic, and social integration?

We do not think so.




Published on Thursday, 20th January, 2011 at 13:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:14.

This post has the following tags: mariaamelie, madinasalamova, jensstoltenberg, perwillyamundsen, trygvehegnar, labourparty, centreparty, socialistleftpartyasylumimmigration.





  
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