Kari’s family: Exiled from Norway

28 07 2013

DSC05744edit(Name changed and photo blurred to to protect privacy)

My daughter was born in Norway in 2010, and her father – my husband – is Australian. It is only now, three years later, I have come to understand that we might have jeopardised her and our future by acquiring what was rightfully hers: an Australian citizenship. I realise we might not have gone into the depth of UDI’s information available online, but we were of the understanding that a child born to two different nationalities would be allowed to keep both.

Moving back to Norway was on the cards for us. We were heading back in the middle of 2015. Now, it seems, we might not be able to go back at all – or we will have to divide our family to make it happen, because my daughter’s citizenship was taken from her without notice.

I am Norwegian. I lived there for 22 years. I vote, pay my taxes, volunteer, eat brown cheese and celebrate 17th of May every year. My parents, grandparents and pretty much everyone before that, were all Norwegian. And I thought my daughters were, too. Since moving to Australia we have had another one. She is Norwegian, too. But she is also Australian – because she was born there. The difference is that she gets to keep both citizenships. She has not even been to Norway.

Why is there such discrimination? Why does the Norwegian government exile Norwegian families that have but one wish: to live and work in Norway?

Our family is now looking at the depressing possibility of never being able to return, to always have to have Norway as a holiday destination, and never as our home.

TRANSLATION

I 2010 ble min datter fodt i Norge. Hennes far, og min mann, er fra Australia. Nylig fant vi ut at vi muligens har satt hele hennes, og vaar egen, fremtid paa spill, ved aa sorge for at hun fikk det som var rettmessig hennes; Australsk Statsborgerskap. Jeg er klar over at vi kanskje ikke satt oss inn dybden av all informasjonen UDI hadde paa sine nettsider, men var av den oppfatning at et barn fodt av foreldre med to forskjellige nasjonaliteter ville kunne beholde begge selv.

Aa flytte tilbake til Norge var vaar plan for fremtiden. Vi skulle reise dit i midten av 2015. Naa ser det ut som vi ikke vil ha mulighet til aa dra tilbake i det hele tatt – med mindre vi deler opp familien for aa faa det til. Fordi min datters statsborgerskap sannsynligvis har blitt tatt fra henne uten at vi har faatt beskjed.

Jeg er norsk. Jeg har bodd der i 22 aar. Jeg bruker stemmeretten min, jeg har betalt den skatten jeg skal betale, har jobbet som frivillig, spiser brunost og feirer 17. mai hvert aar. Mine foreldre, besteforeldre, og stort sett hver eneste person foer meg er og har vaert norske. Og jeg trodde mine barn ogsaa var det. Etter at vi flyttet til Australia, har vi nemlig faatt en til. Hun var ogsaa foedt norsk. Men hun er ogsaa Australsk – fordi hun ble foedt her. Forskjellen her, er at hun faar beholde begge statsborgerskapene – og hun har ikke en gang vaert i Norge.

Hvorfor finnes denne form for diskriminering? Hvorfor vil den norske regjering presse ut norske familier som har for onske aa leve og arbeide i Norge?

Vaar familie maa naa vaakne opp til den deprimerende realiteten at vi kanskje aldri kan flytte tilbake, og at norge vil forbli et reisemaal, og at det kanskje aldri vil bli vaart hjem…

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