Applications for Icelandic citizenship have been received from both Albanian families with terminally ill children who were deported on December 10, RÚV reports.
i The applications were received Monday night and will now be reviewed by the Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi’s, General Affairs Committee, but it was announced Monday that there is willingness within the committee to grant the families citizenship. The announcement came in the wake of protests over the families’ deportation.
A bank account has been created for donations to the two families. The goal is to collect money to cover their travel costs, housing, medications and necessities while they’re getting settled, Vísir reports.
More than 100 supporters of the families gathered on Austurvöllur square yesterday, RÚV reports.
During the past two years, no Albanian applying for protection in Iceland has been granted asylum. A third of all asylum applicants in Iceland are from Albania.
Sixteen Albanians, however, have been granted a residence permit. Of all applications for asylum received in Iceland this year, 75 percent have been denied, while 90 percent of applications for residence have been accepted.