Progressives Call For Information On Foreign Crime - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Progressives Call For Information On Foreign Crime

Published May 25, 2011

The chairman of the Progressive Party has asked the Minister of the Interior for data on crimes committed by foreigners in Iceland.
Not content to call for a criminal investigation of their own colleagues, the Progressives have now turned their attention to other crimes – specifically, those committed by foreigners in Iceland.
Progressive chairman Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Eyjan reports, has asked the Minister of the Interior to present parliament with information regarding crimes committed by foreigners in recent years. In particular, he wants to know how many crimes were committed ten years ago as opposed to today, if there is “reason to believe that groups of foreign criminal gangs have engaged in organised crime in Iceland and if so, has there been an estimation as to how many such groups” there are in Iceland.
Earlier this month, the Progressives also asked what percentage of Iceland’s prison population were foreign born, in 2011 and in 2001.
What the Progressives intend to do with this information is unknown at this time. The threat of criminal gangs coming to Iceland was used as a rhetorical point by the Liberal Party in 2006 to support their call for tighter immigration laws.

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