The Directorate of Immigration (ÚTL) has not published an annual report since 2014 due to what it claims is an “unprecedented increase in applications for international protection,” even as statistics available on its website show that there has been a decline in the number of refugees applying...
“They can finally start to think about their future and other things that most of us take as a given.”
Twana Khalid, an asylum seeker from Iran, has been refereeing football matches in Iceland while he awaits the resolution of his family's asylum application.
Two families seeking asylum in Iceland have now been granted residence permits on basis of human rights consideration.
Social activities for asylum seekers in Iceland take place under the careful management of the Red Cross’s Julie Ingham, based in Garðabær and Hafnarfjörður. She says it is extremely important to assist asylum seekers when they first reach Iceland.