In relation to news that an asylum seeker threatened to set himself on fire outside the Icelandic Red Cross headquarters earlier today, the Directorate of Immigration wishes to make the following statement.
The man has been granted asylum and refugee status in another European country. He arrived and applied for asylum in Iceland in March this year. The Icelandic Red Cross represents the man. The processing of the man’s application has been delayed past the intended 90 days procedure due to his mental health and difficulties arising from his condition.
Threats of self-harm do not affect the decision process or its conclusion. The application is being processed and the Directorate aims to bring it to a conclusion as soon as possible, the same as other cases before the Directorate.
When asylum seekers harm themselves or behave in a self-harming manner the Directorate seeks to ensure them the appropriate assistance and counselling with the welfare authorities, the Icelandic Red Cross, psychologists, medical doctors and the applicant‘s legal representative, when applicable. Every effort is made to provide help and assistance in accordance with the wishes of the person in question.
O.b.h. of the Directorate of Immigration,
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson, deputy director