Haitian refugees to Iceland?

diversity1Iceland’s Minister for Justice and Human Rights is looking into whether Haitian refugees can be brought to Iceland.

Minister Ragna Arnadottir said she has had nearly 20 enquiries from Icelandic citizens with relatives in Haiti – relatives not deemed close enough by Icelandic law for their guaranteed entry into Iceland.

It is not currently legal to issue residence permits to non-EU nationals who are not yet inside Iceland or who do not have close family ties in the country.

Arnadottir has asked the parliamentary Refugees Committee to investigate how Icelanders’ extended family members in Haiti can legally be offered temporary Icelandic residence permits.

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