The Immigration bill is passed in Parliament

Guðrún Hafsteinsdóttir Minister of Justice.

Guðrún Hafsteinsdóttir Minister of Justice. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

The Icelandic parliament, Althingi, has approved the immigration bill by Minister of Justice Guðrún Hafsteinsdóttir.

This just happened in a vote in the Alþingi parliament.

The legislation is intended to bring Icelandic legislation on foreigners into line with that in other Nordic countries. The legislation sets stricter conditions for residence permits and family reunification, among other things.

Hafsteinsdóttir said before the vote that the law "decrees" the special Icelandic law on foreigners.

The Social Democrats did not vote alongside the Reform Party.

The government, the Centre Party, and the People's Party voted for the bill.

The Pirate Party voted against the bill.

A total of 42 MEPs voted in favor of the bill.

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