An additional 20 Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Iceland within the next couple of months, RÚV reports. Stefán Þór Björnsson, head of the Refugee Board, states the people are in Lebanon, awaiting permission to leave the country. Those are five families: nine adults and eleven children. The youngest child is a newborn.
The people will settle in Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur, towns in the vicinity of Reykjavík.
Rannveig Einarsdóttir, project manager for family services in Hafnarfjörður, says the town will receive four of the families. All is ready for their arrival: apartments have been rented and a project manager hired to oversee their needs.
Kópavogur Mayor Ármann Kr. Ólafsson, reports that the town of Kópavogur has agreed to receive three families in all. Two have already arrived, and the third one is among the group of 20 refugees.
The first Syrian refugees to be resettled in Iceland since the Icelandic government decided in September, following significant public pressure, to increase the number of quota refugees invited to resettle in the country, arrived in January.