The North Iceland municipality of Akureyri has applauded the decision by the Icelandic government to accept 50 refugees over the next two years. The municipality says it is more than willing to resettle refugees in the municipality and help provide them with new opportunities and a better quality of life, as stated on the municipality’s website.
Icelandic Minister for Social Affairs and Housing, Eygló Harðardóttir, has previously indicated that refugees in Greece and Italy are the concern of everyone and that those countries which can, should assist. “We need to do our part. There is great need. This is our contribution to addressing the emergency [...],” she said in part.
Twenty-three refugees from the former Yugoslavia were resettled in Akureyri in 2003.
Recent research from the University of Akureyri found that foreigners in the town are overwhelmingly happy.