The Icelandic Immigration and Asylum Appeals Board has confirmed the Directorate of Immigration's decision to deport an eleven-year old Afghan girl and her disabled father, basing it on the Dublin Regulation. Vísir reports.
Abrahim Maleki and his daughter Hanyie arrived as refugees in Iceland in December. Haniye's mother abandoned her when she was one year old, and the father and daughter have been on the run all her life. Abrahim fled his home country of Afghanistan only eleven years old and has since been partly disabled due to a car accident. They have lived together in Iran, Turkey, Greece, Germany and now Iceland.
In an interview with Vísir, Abrahim is reportedly very grateful to the Icelandic nation. The both of them like Iceland and are saddened by the fact that they have to leave. He claims there is no support to be found in Afghanistan and that life there is very dangerous.
Haniye is studying in Keflavík and has made friends both there and in Reykjavík. Earlier this summer, Guðmundur Karl Karlsson, a volunteer at the Solaris Movement for Refugees and friend to the Maleki's, organized a birthday party for Haniye, as she didn't want to celebrate it in Germany, where the pair will be sent from Iceland.
The birthday party was advertised on Facebook, and hundreds of people showed up celebrating her twelfth birthday, even though it wouldn't be until October. Nearly twelve-thousand Icelanders have signed a petition, urging the Directorate of Immigration to not deport them.
According to Guðmundur Karl, even though Icelandic authorities believe that the family will be safe in Germany, he claims that history says otherwise. "We know people in similar situations in Germany and it's very difficult. It's very likely that they won't be given asylum and that they'll simply be outside of the system." He believes it likely that Germany will deport the family straight to Afghanistan.
As of now, it's unclear when the pair will be deported from Iceland.