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Directorate of Immigration Admits Mistake

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Directorate of Immigration Admits Mistake

Reykjavík City Hall

Reykjavík City Hall. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Kristín Völundardóttir, head of the Directorate of Immigration, has admitted a mistake was made when the directorate failed to apply for school for 17 children of asylum seekers, RÚV reports. She said she was given the assignment, but failed to realize the directorate was responsible for filing the applications. An agreement between the Directorate of Immigration and the City of Reykjavík regarding reception of asylum seekers does not assume they‘re accompanied by children. An agreement does, however, exist between Reykjanesbær and the directorate, in which Reykjanesbær is responsible for school applications.

The City of Reykjavík was unaware of five children in Reykjavík, who, until yesterday, were outside the school system, because they had never been registered and no notice about them arrived from the Directorate of Immigration.

In addition, 12 children are without schooling in Hafnarfjörður. Negotiations are underway for the Town of Hafnarfjörður to service their families and arrange for their admittance to school. Those negotiations are expected to conclude by this weekend.

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