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Record Number of Asylum Seekers

Syrian refugees in Kurdistan. Photo: UNHCR.

Never before have as many people sought asylum in Iceland as this year, RÚV reports. It’s only the middle of September and, yet, more people have already sought asylum here than all of last year, which was a record year in that respect.

In August alone, 67 individuals from 14 countries sought asylum, which is a record number for one month. Nineteen of those 67 cases have been processed, resulting in seven individuals receiving protection and 11 being declined, mostly from Albania.

At the end of August, 384 people had applied for asylum, more than twice the number of applicants last year, who were 156. The largest number of applicants last year arrived in August through October, suggesting that many have yet to arrive this year.

The Directorate of Immigration reports that all its housing and that of cooperating agencies is used to the fullest, and every effort is made to provide housing to asylum seekers.

Most of those who arrived last month came from Albania and Algeria. Close to half of applicants are from the Balkan Peninsula. Three quarters are men, and more than nine out of ten are adults.

At the end of August, 189 applications were being processed.

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