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Asylum Applications up 50 Percent

Keflavík International Airport. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Applications for asylum in Iceland have increased by 50 percent every year since 2009 when 35 individuals requested asylum in Iceland.

According to the Directorate of Immigration’s annual report, 172 people applied for asylum in Iceland in 2013.

Seventy-four percent of asylum seekers in Iceland in 2013 were male, 15 percent thereof boys. Albania and Croatia were the countries from which the largest number of individuals originated with 40 and 42 individuals respectively, followed by Russia with nine and Syria with seven.

At the end of 2013, there were 56 cases being processed by the Directorate of Immigration, 35 of which were from 2013. Four of the applications being processed at the end of 2013 were from 2011 and 17 from 2012.

Sixteen percent of cases were approved in 2013, a significantly lower ratio than the 41 percent approved in 2012.

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