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Refugees in Iceland Protest Planned Deportation to Greece

A group of refugees and their supporters marched throughout downtown Reykjavík yesterday afternoon to protest Icelandic authorities’ planned deportation of 25 people to Greece this month. The Icelandic government suspended deportation of asylum seekers to Greece in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but have now decided to restart deporting asylum seekers to the country who are denied asylum in Iceland.

When Icelandic authorities decided to stop deportation to Greece last year, between 100-150 new cases of COVID-19 were being diagnosed in the country daily. Greece is now diagnosing over 4,000 new cases daily – 40 times more than one year ago. The Icelandic government has nevertheless decided to restart deportations of asylum seekers to the country who have been denied asylum in Iceland.

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Reports from Amnesty International and statements from the Icelandic Red Cross have condemned the living conditions faced by refugees in Greece. Refugees in the country have difficulty accessing healthcare and housing and face ill-treatment from law enforcement officials even in cases where they have been granted international protection.

The group marched from Hlemmur to Iceland’s parliament building, where they held up signs and chanted “Stop deportation!” and “We love Iceland!”

Refugees in Iceland protested today in front of the Icelandic Parliament Square in Reykjavik to demand their rights and…

Posted by Refugees in Iceland on Monday, April 12, 2021

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