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New Syrian Families Welcomed to Iceland

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New Syrian Families Welcomed to Iceland

Syrian refugees.

The first Syrian refugees arrive at Keflavík in January. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Four Syrian families have arrived in Iceland this week as part of the country’s commitment to resettle refugees from the war-torn country.

The Ministry of Welfare formally welcomed the refugee families at a reception in Hafnarfjörður, at the same time as protesters were picketing parliament in Reykjavík, Vísir reports.

Three of the four families will live in Hafnarfjörður and the other family will live in Kópavogur.

The families arrived in Iceland from Lebanon, where they have been waiting to leave for months.

The refugee resettlement is coordinated by the international refugee committee.

Another group of Syrian refugees came to Iceland in January. That group was made up of six families constituting 13 adults and 22 children.

The latest arrivals mean that Iceland has received around 50 Syrian refugees so far.

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