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A Nigerian couple seeking asylum in Iceland have had their hopes crushed after their plea was rejected.
Sunday Iserian, his wife Joy Lucky and their daughter
Iceland has rejected the appeal of a Nigerian couple Sunday Iserian and Joy Lucky, and their eight year old daughter to stay in the country.
The family will be deported to Nigeria, ruled the country’s Immigration and Asylum appeals board on Monday.
According to Iceland Mirror, the family received this news after living in Iceland after a year and a half.
Both Iserian and Joy had left Nigeria more than eight years ago, via the Libya route, to Italy, where they met and had the child. They later migrated to Iceland, in search of a better life.
Iserian appealed for political asylum due to threats he claimed he received from the Nigerian government. Joy Lucky claimed she was a victim of sexual slavery while pregnant with their daughter Mary. Their stories appeared to have been taken as cock and bull stories and thus rejected by the Immigration Appeals.
The news of the rejection of their application met with some furore in Iceland and an online petition was set up for them to be able to stay in the country, the Mirror reported.
The Ombudsman for Children in Iceland had made a statement to say that they are concerned about the welfare of children seeking in asylum in Iceland.