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Two Families Granted Residence Permits In Iceland

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Two Families Granted Residence Permits In Iceland

Guðmundur Karl and Joy

Guðmundur Karl along with eight-year-old Joy today. Photo: Guðmundur Karl Karlsson/Facebook

Two families seeking asylum in Iceland have now been granted residence permits on basis of human rights consideration. RÚV reports.

One family comes from Gana, which reached national news when the mother turned out to be suicidal following their previous denial of residence. The other family comes from Nigeria, whose eight-year-old daughter, Joy received a lot of media attention. Her deportation was protested by over a thousand Icelanders, along with another girl from Afghanistan.

Both families had been living in Iceland for nearly two years before both their asylum requests were denied this autumn. On the last day of parliament, before the upcoming elections, refugee laws were changed temporarily in order to make it more likely for Joy and others in her position to receive a residence permit.

Guðmundur Karl Karlsson, a friend of the Nigerian family announced the news earlier today on his Facebook page.

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