The Paris attacks will not have an impact on the decision of Icelandic authorities to receive refugees from Syria this year and next, according to Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal, RÚV reports. By the same token, the attacks do not call for change in policy toward asylum seekers. Ólöf does not believe our participation in the Schengen Area needs reevaluation and calls it successful. In her view, canceling our membership in that cooperation would lead to more trouble than those parts of the agreement which have been criticized lately.
Ólöf discussed this in a TV interview with RÚV last night. The decision of close to half of US states to demand the postponement of arrival of Syrian refugees, as well as similar demands from the leaders of Poland and Hungary, led to questions about the impact of the Paris attacks on Iceland’s refugee policy.