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Asylum Seeker to Remain in Custody upon Deportation

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Asylum Seeker to Remain in Custody upon Deportation

Supreme Court of Iceland

The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The Supreme Court of Iceland confirmed yesterday the verdict of Reykjanes District Court that an asylum seeker, whose application for asylum in Iceland has been rejected, is to remain in custody up until his deportation to Finland, from where he came, but no longer than Friday, January 23.

The man came forward to the Icelandic police in August 2014 requesting asylum in the country. Before he arrived in Iceland, he had traveled to Finland, visir.is reports.

The man’s application for asylum was not handled by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, who concluded that he should be sent back to Finland on the basis of the Dublin Regulation.

The Dublin Regulation “establishes the principle that only one Member State is responsible for examining an asylum application. The objective is to avoid asylum seekers from being sent from one country to another, and also to prevent abuse of the system by the submission of several applications for asylum by one person,” as stated on the Summaries of EU Legislation website europa.eu.

The man was to report himself to the Suðurnes police twice every 24 hours and not leave Reykjanesbær.

On January 5 the man was arrested for attempting to board a freighter in Sundahöfn harbor in Reykjavík. He had made such attempts on two other occasions—once he was caught as a stowaway onboard a vessel 180 nautical miles off Reykjanes peninsula.

The police also suspect the man of theft and he is known to have been party to struggles among asylum seekers in Reykjanesbær.

The police believe that the man has violated the conditions placed upon him and therefore he was arrested. They also have reason to believe that he will attempt to avoid deportation.

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