Deported from Iceland Following Rejected Applications

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Four Nigerian asylum seekers were deported from Iceland yesterday via Germany to Nigeria. Three of the deported individuals are female victims of human trafficking and have resided in Iceland for several years before their deportation yesterday. RÚV reports.

Appeal deportation on medical grounds

One of the Nigerian women deported yesterday included Blessing Uzoma Newton, who applied for a residence permit in Iceland in 2018 on the basis of human rights law. After their benefits were revoked following changes to Icelandic immigration law, the women had been without housing or financial support for nearly a year. Blessing, along with two other Nigerian women, was arrested on Friday, May 10 and held in the Hólmsheiði detention centre.

When she was taken custody, her doctor provided a medical certificate stating that her deportation could seriously threaten her life, as she suffers from an abdominal tumour. Blessing’s lawyer, Helgi Silva Þorsteinsson, attempted to appeal Blessing’s deportation on medical grounds. The appeal would have only applied to Blessing, and not the other Nigerian women.

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RÚV screenshot – protesters at Keflavík International.

The women were deported from Iceland last night via Keflavík International Airport, where the organisation No Borders Iceland protested the deportations.

Accompanied by doctor to Germany

According to information provided by authorities, the three women and one man were deported last night via a chartered flight operated by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

They are reported to have been flown initially to Frankfurt late last night, from where they were then transferred to Nigeria today, May 14. RÚV reports that the group was also accompanied by an Icelandic doctor.

On board the plane were other Nigerian deportees from Germany, Cyprus, and Austria.