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Foreign Ministry Intercedes in Case of Asylum-Seeker

Iceland’s ambassador in Rome is currently discussing the case of Kenyan citizen Paul Ramses with Italian authorities and the UN Refugee Agency on behalf of the Foreign Ministry. Ramses applied for asylum in Iceland but was deported to Italy last week.

“I can confirm that the ambassador in Rome is following Paul’s case and that the minister is concerned about the case,” Kristrún Heimisdóttir, assistant to Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, told Fréttabladid.

Ramses was deported to Italy on the grounds of the Dublin Agreement. Ramses had been living in Iceland since January waiting for an answer to his application for political asylum. He has worked for Icelandic organizations in the past and his wife and infant son live in Iceland—without valid residence permits, however.

The Icelandic ambassador in Rome is trying to ensure that Ramses will have a fair trial and that the Italian authorities are well informed about his situation. It is not clear whether the purpose is to help Ramses move back to Iceland.

According to Morgunbladid, the future of Ramses’ wife and son in Iceland is uncertain. The Icelandic chapter of Amnesty International is encouraging Icelandic authorities to review Ramses’ case and not deport his wife and son.

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