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The Foreigner Situation deteriorating for Maria Amelie’s parents. Maria Amelie’s (Madina Salamova) parents are still in hiding fearing consequences, and deportation to Russia. The family’s lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, tells The Foreigner they are in an impossible position. “One of the reasons they originally went into hiding was Maria Amelia’s health and safety, but this has been removed now. However, their refusal to come out is making things worse for themselves and more difficult for their daughter.”

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Situation deteriorating for Maria Amelie’s parents

Published on Thursday, 12th May, 2011 at 14:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 12th May 2011 at 14:14.

Maria Amelie’s (Madina Salamova) parents are still in hiding fearing consequences, and deportation to Russia.



The family’s lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, tells The Foreigner they are in an impossible position.

“One of the reasons they originally went into hiding was Maria Amelia’s health and safety, but this has been removed now. However, their refusal to come out is making things worse for themselves and more difficult for their daughter.”

The family had to flee their home in North Ossetia following the 1998 Presidential Election.

“Her father was a major businessman in the region in the ‘90s. Back then, there was a link between business and politics. There were extremely fierce confrontations between him and other interests, both before and after the elections, and he supported the wrong candidate,” says Mr Risnes.

Madina’s parents had already sent her to Moscow in 1997, fearing she could be threatened of even kidnapped, joining her one year later.

They arrived in Norway in 2002 after Finnish authorities turned down their application for asylum, going into hiding as illegal, paperless immigrants when Norwegian officials did the same.

“The parents then tell stories of misunderstandings, alleging both Finnish and Norwegian authorities did not trust what they said. The question is, did Norway’s authorities know about their problems at the time? If they did, they may have granted them asylum,” he says.

Nevertheless, the situation is still bleak when they do emerge from hiding, according to him.

“If they come forward now, Norwegian authorities might argue the situation was dangerous back then, but not anymore. I’m afraid the best prognosis is authorities will say they cannot stay on here.”

Saying “they are intelligent people, and realise they will have to solve the situation eventually”, Mr Risnes urges them to come forward so he can try to help, despite facing some difficult personal issues.

“It’s incredibly difficult to help them whilst in hiding, even maintaining the line between the legal and criminal, which is why I cannot be in contact with them much.”

“However, something will happen. Even though I don’t know when, it will certainly be sooner than within a year,” he concludes.




Published on Thursday, 12th May, 2011 at 14:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 12th May 2011 at 14:14.

This post has the following tags: mariaamelie, madinasalamova, brynjulfrisnes, norwegianimmigration.





  
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