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Old Police Academy to House Asylum Seekers

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Old Police Academy to House Asylum Seekers

Syrian refugees on the border of Lebanon, 2014

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

For the next two months, up to 75 asylum seekers will be housed where the Icelandic Police Academy used to be, on Krókháls, Reykjavík, according to the Directorate of Immigration. Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal calls it a temporary emergency measure. The Directorate of Immigration, she stated, was given permission to use the building for a maximum of two months to solve a dire housing shortage.

Never before have as many asylum seekers arrived in Iceland in one month as in September, or 177 people. Sixty-five percent of them came from Albania and Macedonia, or 114. By comparison, 172 people applied for asylum all year in 2013 and 176 in all of 2014.

The total number of applicants for asylum so far this year is 561.

This report has been updated.

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