The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police arrested 15 persons in a raid in Kópavogur in the capital region on Thursday, confiscating blade weapons, a small amount of drugs and alleged loot. Most of those arrested were released after questioning the same day.
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Reykjanesbær municipality rents the facilities where the men were staying for asylum seekers and other residents had complained about their behavior, ruv.is reports.
The men are all asylum seekers, mostly Albanians, who had not left the country as planned after the national football game between Iceland and Albania last month.
Head of the Directorate of Immigration Kristín Völundardóttir said their applications are being processed and that the police’s operations will not have an impact on the process.
However, if the police decide to press charges, it will be evaluated whether the application process will be affected, Kristín explained.
In the meantime, social affairs authorities in Reykjanesbær and Directorate of Immigration have found new housing for the men who have been released.