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Positive Outlook for Eggert Einer Nielson's Citizenship Appeal

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Positive Outlook for Eggert Einer Nielson's Citizenship Appeal

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Páll Magnússon, chairman of the Icelandic parliament’s Judicial Affairs and Education Committee, has requested information regarding the case of Eggert Einer Nielson, the Iceland-born man who was recently denied Icelandic citizenship, mbl.is reports. Based on his understanding of the situation, Páll says that he thinks it “certain” and that Eggert and his family be granted citizenship.

The news that Eggert and his family, including wife Michelle Lyn and son Eggert, should have been denied citizenship was met with consternation throughout Iceland since Eggert was, in fact, born to an Icelandic mother in Reykjavík in 1957. Moreover, he lived in Iceland for the first seven years of his life, visited his Icelandic grandmother every summer for 28 years when he was younger, and moved to the West Fjords in 2010, where he has been working as a music teacher. However, his father was Danish and at the time of his birth, only Icelandic fathers were allowed to pass citizenship rights to their children. Moreover, Eggert grew up in the United States and took US citizenship. These were among the factors cited by the Directorate of Immigration as justification for rejecting his application for citizenship.

Icelandic Parliament reviews applications for citizenship twice a year, in the spring and the fall, and applicants for citizenship can appeal to Alþingi regarding their citizenship applications. Páll says that such an appeal is bound to work out for Eggert and his family. “From what I’ve seen on the matter, it seems certain that his case will be met with a positive reception."

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