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Asylum-Seeker Brought Back to Iceland

Kenyan asylum-seeker Paul Ramses, who was deported from Iceland to Italy in early July, will be brought back to Iceland. Iceland’s Ministry of Justice decided on Friday to reverse the ruling of the Directorate of Immigration.

After Ramses returns to Iceland, the Directorate of Immigration will evaluate his application for a political asylum, ruv.is reports.

When Ramses was deported in July, the directorate had not considered his application but deported him for having lived in Iceland illegally since January 2008. He was deported to Italy based on the Dublin Agreement, because that was the last country to grant him a visa.

Ramses’ wife and his newborn son remained in Iceland and their case sparked considerable attention, leading to a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice, following which Ramses’ lawyer Katrín Theódórsdóttir sued the Directorate of Immigration’s decision to the ministry.

The ruling issued by the Ministry of Justice announced on Friday states that the directorate’s handling of Ramses’ case had not been faulty. However, in light of new information, the ministry ruled that the directorate should take his application for a political asylum for evaluation.

Assistant to the Minister of Justice Thórir Hrafnsson said he could not reveal the nature of this new information.

The case is now in the hands of the Directorate of Immigration, and according to Haukur Gudmundsson, head of the directorate, it will take nine to 12 months for them to reach a decision on whether Ramses will be granted political asylum in Iceland.

Theódórsdóttir said in a statement that justice had been achieved and that bringing her client back to Iceland was important for human rights.

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