Icelandic authorities will follow up with the Directorate of Immigration's decision to deport two refugee families that have sought asylum in Iceland. For this reason, the Solaris association for refugees in Iceland is calling for a protest on Saturday.
The families come from Afghanistan and Nigeria. The former family, the eleven-year-old Haniye Malek from Afghanistan and her disabled father Abrahim, were featured on an Iceland Review news report earlier this week. The pair arrived in Iceland in December, and Haniye's already made friends in both Reykjanes and Reykjavík. Solaris threw her a birthday party which was attended by hundreds of Icelanders.
The latter family consists of eight-year-old Mary, her mother, Joy, who is the victim of human trafficking, and father Sunday, who fled political persecution in Nigeria. The family arrived in Iceland a year and a half ago, with Mary attending school for the first time in her life. They will be deported to Nigeria, which Mary has never been to before and expect to be forced to flee upon arrival.
Solaris is preparing a protest for these two families on Saturday at 3 PM, in front of the Alþingi parliament building at Austurvöllur. The association, which expects over a thousand participants, demands that local authorities abandon their plans of deporting the two families and provide them refuge in Iceland.