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Two Asylum Seekers Charged and Convicted

Following a police search on Thursday, two asylum seekers, an Indian and an Angolan citizen, were charged yesterday with presenting false passports upon arrival in Iceland and sentenced to 30 days in prison each.

The Indian’s real passport was discovered underneath his bed during Thursday’s search of asylum seekers’ homes in the southwestern municipality of Reykjanesbaer, Morgunbladid reports.

However, the Angolan had not arrived in Iceland at the time of the police search.

The Directorate of Immigration is also planning an express treatment of the case of a third asylum seeker who is believed to have presented false identification upon arrival in Iceland. A European passport was found in his home on Thursday.

According to head of the directorate Haukur Gudmundsson, the police action, during which a large amount of money was confiscated, showed that many asylum seekers are working illegally.

When individuals apply for an asylum in Iceland, they sign a declaration stating that they have no money and are therefore entitled to emergency benefits, ISK 7,000 (USD 76, EUR 53) per day and an additional ISK 3,000 (USD 32, EUR 23) per week in pocket money.

Gudmundsson said that when hundreds of thousands of ISK are found in the residence of people who accept such emergency benefits, this indicates serious abuse of the system.

Click here to read more about the house search on Thursday.

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