Joined in November 2017 by her father, a lawyer, she was one of the first in Norway to be granted asylum in Britain.
Now in her seventies, she is among those who are struggling to find work.
A year ago, she had to change her surname, she says, because of the fear of reprisals.
“When I asked for a job, I was told, ‘Oh, that’s your name.
It’s just a surname.’
I had to say, ‘No, I have a husband and a daughter and I don’t want a surname like that’.” It is not the first time she has been asked for her surname.
The family moved to the UK in the 1990s, and then moved again to Canada in 2011.
She says she is “still a little bit nervous” about returning to Norway because of how the immigration system works.
“We’ve always felt that if we don’t come here, then we will be persecuted here.”
But her father has made the family’s situation easier by giving her full legal support.
In an interview with the BBC’s Today programme, Isabelle says: “It’s hard to understand how it is that I have to change my name to make it easier for other people to come to the country.
I have the legal support to change it.”
It is very difficult to get a job in Norway.
“In a country where the average age of first-time asylum applicants is around 22, the Pedersen family have been waiting for a solution to the system.
Their story, which has been shared on social media by hundreds of thousands, has touched the hearts of many people who share their concerns about the immigration rules and their families’ hopes of settling in the UK.
‘We can’t afford it’The Pedersen brothers were granted asylum on the grounds that their mother was a spy.
They are still waiting for that ruling to be confirmed.
They are hoping for the legalisation of family reunification, a system in which people can return to their families and move back in with them.
But for the family, this has been difficult, particularly after their youngest son died in a car crash a year ago.
We can’t pay the rent,” he said. “
We have to work.
We can’t pay the rent,” he said.
Daniel Pedersen said that if the Pedersons are granted asylum, it would mean that the family would have to move to another country.
He said that, since they were granted refugee status, the family has had to find jobs and pay the bills, and that it was “really hard” to be financially independent.
This is not an option for Daniel, who works as a taxi driver and as a part-time teacher in a school in northern Norway.
“The only thing we can do is to continue to live in the car with Isabelle, so she can have her children,” he told the Today programme.
“I have no other choice.”
Daniel’s brother, Anders Pedersen has a different perspective.
“The only way we can leave the family is to get asylum, because we cannot afford it,” he says.
“It will make life difficult for us.”
The Pedersens’ story is one of many that have inspired support for a new initiative, the Refugee Support Group, which aims to help people who are facing discrimination in the asylum system.