Calls to Bring Asylum Seeker from Gaza to Iceland

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Calls to Bring Asylum Seeker from Gaza to Iceland

By Emilía S. Ólafsdóttir Kaaber
Reykjavík domestic airport

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The organization Ekki Fleiri Brottvísanir, or No More Deportations, demands that the Icelandic government find a way for Palestinian Ramez Rassas, who previously sought asylum in Iceland, to escape from escalating violence in Gaza, visir.is reports. 

Mr. Rassas’ escaped from the militarized Gaza zone in 2009 and made it to Norway where he sought asylum. His application was repeatedly rejected which led him to explore other options, and he eventually ended up in Iceland.

When his asylum application in Iceland was rejected he pointed out that his deportation from Iceland to Norway, according to the Dublin Regulation, meant that he would be sent straight to Gaza.

In light of this, No More Deportations ask the Icelandic government to bring Rassas out of Gaza and back to Iceland to be granted asylum. They have started an online petition for their cause. 

In related news, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a statement warning Icelandic citizens against traveling to Gaza because of the conflict. The death toll from Israeli air strikes on Gaza has risen to 100, the BBC reports. 

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