The Office of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has requested the Directorate of Immigration postpone the deportation of an Afghan father and his daughter, RÚV reports. Haniye, 11, and Abrahim Maleki are scheduled to be deported this Thursday following the Directorate of Immigration’s refusal of their request for asylum. Haniye was born a refugee in Iran and is stateless.
The pair were notified yesterday morning of the decision to deport them at a meeting with police on the premises of the Directorate of Immigration. According to RÚV, the Office of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police requested the delay on the basis of an error in the document given to the pair. The Directorate of Immigration received the request late yesterday and has yet to respond.
A public meeting was held in the parliament square on Saturday to protest the deportation of Haniye and Abrahim, as well Mary, 8, from Nigeria and her parents Sunday and Joy. Minister of Justice Sigríður Andersen stated over the weekend that the decision to deny the girls asylum would not be reviewed. A bill is scheduled to be introduced in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week proposing Icelandic citizenship be granted to the two girls and their families.