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Iceland to Welcome More than 100 Refugees

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Iceland to Welcome More than 100 Refugees

Government of Iceland 2013.

The Government of Iceland when it took office in 2013. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The Government of Iceland announced at a press conference today that ISK 2 billion (USD 16 million, EUR 14 million) will be allocated to assist refugees and asylum seekers.

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson told RÚV that he expected that Iceland will accept more than 100 refugees this year—up from the previously announced 50.

ISK 1 billion will be allocated to the project this year and the first refugees are set to arrive in the country in early December, ruv.is reports.

The government’s declaration (in Icelandic) can be read here.

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