GRETA publishes second report on Iceland

[ 15-03-2019 ]

Category: Current issues

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Iceland. The report assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on Iceland in September 2014 as regards the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

According to the report, progress had been made in some areas, such as developing the legal and institutional framework for combating trafficking in human beings. Since 2018, victims of human trafficking who have been granted a residence permit are entitled to receive a work permit. Further, the duration of the recovery and reflection period has been extended from six to nine months. Other positive developments are the setting up of two teams by the Ministry of Welfare to provide assistance and services to victims of trafficking, a human trafficking team at the Directorate of Labour, as well as a new investigation unit at Reykjavik Metropolitan Police to deal with cases of human trafficking and prostitution. Report