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Refugees Arriving in December

Syrian refugees on the border of Lebanon, 2014

Syrian refugees. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A diverse group of Syrian refugees will be arriving in Iceland in December, RÚV reports. Among them is an electrician, engineer, truck driver, translators and a plumber. Some have endured torture and other severe violence. They will be offered psychological treatment.

Documents regarding 13 families were sent from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the Ministry of Welfare Thursday. The first group of people will be coming from Lebanon, where the refugees are now located. Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir reports the total number of refugees offered asylum here is not yet clear, but the documents cover close to 100 people.

The ministry will work with the municipalities of Akureyri, Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur to find housing, social service and schools for the families, and also look into employment opportunities for the adults. All the families have between two and five children.

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