A group supporting the five asylum seekers, who were supposed to be deported to Greece on Friday on the grounds of the Dublin Agreement but then permitted to stay in Iceland until their cases had been investigated more thoroughly, are now demanding a lawyer to represent them.
“There are many examples of [asylum seekers] being informed of the rejection of their residence permit at the same time that they are arrested and deported. We demand that asylum seekers be given a fair amount of time to seek legal assistance because of such rejections,” a statement from the support group reads, according to Fréttabladid.
Minister of Justice Ragna Árnadóttir prevented the five asylum seekers from being deported while the Directorate of Immigrations waits for information on the conditions of asylum seekers in Greece.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recommended that immigration authorities do not send the people there.
The asylum seekers and their supporters met with Árnadóttir on Monday, Morgunbladid reports.
The minister agreed to the meeting after a group of 70 people marched to her home on Sunday, demanding the asylum seekers’ rights to reside in Iceland be respected and that they be allowed to enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.
A statement released by the group says that coverage of matters concerning asylum seekers is often characterized by lack of understanding by the public and the Directorate of Immigration on the position of refugees.
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