Twelve people have been deported from Iceland under police escort since the end of May, Fréttablaðið reports. Per information obtained from the National Commissioner of Police, the individuals were escorted to Georgia, Albania, the UK, Greece, Spain, Italy, France, The Netherlands, and Canada.
Only adults were deported, not children, and all were escorted out of the country on an individual basis. Of the 12 people in question, five were taken back to their country of origin on the basis of “illegal stay” in Iceland. Four were detainees. Three were people whose applications for asylum were rejected; these individuals were delivered to countries where they had already received international protection.
In May, it was announced that 300 people said to be in Iceland “illegally” would be deported. This number was eventually decreased to 197 people when it was decided that families with children would not be deported.
Gunnar Hörður Garðarsson said that each of the Directorate of Immigration’s requests for police escorts for deportees are “carefully processed” and that asylum seekers are also “given the option of leaving the country without a police escort.”