The Directorate of Immigration has deferred the deportation of Abrahim and Haniye Maleki, Afghan father and daughter, which had been scheduled for tomorrow, RÚV reports. The Directorate of Immigration stated in a letter to RÚV that they had received a request for a deferral from the family’s lawyer on Monday. The request was submitted via the Office of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.
An investigation into the matter by the Directorate of Immigration revealed that the Immigration and Asylum Appeals Board is now discussing the family’s lawyer’s request to defer the legal effect of the decision to deport the father and daughter. Until a decision is reached by the board, the deportation will be automatically suspended. The board is expected to decide on the matter later this month.
A bill is scheduled to be introduced in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week proposing Icelandic citizenship be granted to the family.
Haniye, 11, shows severe signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. She was born a refugee in Iran and is stateless.