Asylum seekers who do not have the right to stay in Iceland will now be able to return to safe conditions without the intervention of police or the authorities.
Church ministers deserve a reprimand for offering sanctuary to asylum seekers in Laugarneskirkja church last week, opines Helgi Magnús Gunnarsson deputy state prosecutor.
Two asylum seekers were forcefully removed by police from Laugarneskirkja church early this morning, after the minister had offered them sanctuary.
About 40 Syrian refugees from refugee camps in Lebanon have been offered to resettle in Iceland late this year.
An asylum seeker who has gone on hunger strike in Iceland says he does not know what else he can do to prevent him and his young family being deported.
Residents of Grundarhverfi, on the small Kjalarnes peninsula, are upset with the Directorate of Immigration for housing 43 asylum seekers in their neighborhood. A heated public meeting took place this week.
Four Icelandic asylum seekers are registered with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and one Icelander has the status of a refugee.
A record number of applications for protection were received by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration last year.
The Albanian families, who were deported on December 10 after their applications for asylum were rejected, will return to Iceland this afternoon. Their applications for citizenship were approved in late December.
The Albanian families, who were deported from Iceland on December 10, after their requests for asylum were not granted, resulting in harsh criticism of the authorities on social media, have been granted Icelandic citizenship.
Ólína Þorvarðardóttir, an MP for the Social Democrats, has suggested that the government should create a new ombudsman for refugees and asylum seekers.
Applications for Icelandic citizenship have been received from both Albanian families with terminally ill children who were deported on December 10.
There is willingness within Alþingi’s General Affairs Committee to grant Icelandic citizenship to an Albanian boy, suffering from cystic fibrosis, and his family.
Controversy has surrounded the decision by the Directorate of Immigration to deny the applications for asylum of two Albanian families.
The Paris attacks will not have an impact on the decision of Icelandic authorities to receive refugees from Syria this year and next.
The Icelandic Red Cross has sent a delegate, Páll Biering, associate professor of psychiatric nursing, to Greece. This is the first time this century that Iceland sends a delegate to a country within Europe.
Negotiations are underway between the Directorate of Immigration and the Town of Kópavogur, located in the capital area, to set up an emergency shelter for asylum seekers.
When an Albanian family was denied asylum in Iceland, Illugi Jökulsson decided to start collecting signatures in the family’s support.
The Icelandic Red Cross doubts more than the 50-60 quota refugees already approved by the government can be accepted this year. We could, however, receive 200 refugees a year in 2016 and 2017.
The City of Reykjavík and the Directorate of Immigration this morning signed an agreement to provide services to up to 90 asylum seekers.